India is one of today’s fast emerging economies. Hyderabad is one of
the fastest growing cities in India—with many multinational corporations, especially high-tech ones situated in the ultra-modern “cities” in its suburbs.
It is the dream of many young Indians to work in one of these MNCs.
So thousands of bright young Indians from all over India study hard to
attain the necessary qualifications for such jobs.There are many good universities that offer almost all the relevant courses for employment in MNCs. However, there seems to be one missing “course” to help many “poorer” Indians fit into MNCs—namely, the ability to speak English fluently in an international environment.
Most Indians aspire to send their children to English-medium schools.
Such schools are usually privately run and significantly more expensive than the government-run schools. Many children of upper-class families not only attend such schools but also grow up in English-speaking homes. They have much more advantage in securing jobs in MNCs because they are fluent in English, more comfortable among foreigners, and more familiar with international culture.
However, many bright Indians with professional qualifications come from less advantaged backgrounds and many more come from villages where English is merely an examination subject, foreigners are rarely seen, and international culture is totally strange to them. In the fast internationalizing scene of India, especially in cities such as Hyderabad, these Indians are severely handicapped in securing employment.
Goducate hopes to help these worthy but “needy” Indians by helping
them to speak English fluently and familiarizing them with international culture. Goducate will be setting up a Global Life Hub in Hyderabad to provide them with the environment where they can speak English, meet foreigners, and be “immersed” in international culture so that they will be more confident at job interviews and more successful in their
GLH will be an “international zone” where only English is spoken, thereby “forcing” members to speak in English. Foreign GLH volunteers will help members get used to speaking to foreigners and understand their accents and culture. GLH activities will nurture confidence and communication skills.
GLH Hyderabad will soon open its doors to help Indians to help themselves in this fast new world.
Earlier this month, Goducate Children’s Home, Cambodia, welcomed 5 new children into the “family”. These children, Nat, Lynn, Kanya, Mon and Nia, come from Battambang, a 12-hour drive away from the Home. They come from very poor homes and have received little education. They came to the Home in hope of a better education and a better life in the future.
The new children were taken for medical check-ups… Continue reading
Since Goducate aims to help needy Asians help themselves, Bangladesh is a country that has attracted its attention.
Recently, Bangladesh was in the news because of a horrific factory collapse that killed over 1100 garment workers. I was in the country when that accident took place.
Bangladesh is the most densely populated large country. It has about 160 million people (half of US population) squeezed into a land… Continue reading
Goducate Training Center (GTC), in Iloilo, Philippines, held its first Recruitment Conference on May 6-8.
Invitations had been sent to new university graduates, to working people, and to those who had expressed interest in being trained as community development workers (CDWs). Over 300 people from all over the Philippines attended the conference.
The topics covered included the history of Goducate, its philosophies, its CDW training program, and the… Continue reading