So far this year Goducate has started 3 new literacy centers in Laguna, The Philippines, giving us a total of 5, which together have 72 students. Most of the students are pre-school children, though there are some older ones, who for various reasons are unable to attend school.
At two of the new centers the students were so keen to start that lessons have been held in very temporary structures. At Ulik lessons have been conducted under a tent, which also serves as a shelter for our music students in the area. At Burol, lessons have been held in the open, at first with students sitting on banana leaves, then as more joined the class, they sat on tarpaulin sheets.
Last month we were privileged to be visited by Goducate’s literacy trainer who is based in Iloilo, who came to motivate and upgrade our teachers. Her training sessions were attended by Goducate staff and volunteers as well as by some of the mothers of the students.
We were also very pleased last month to received from the Department of Education in Bay, Laguna, a certificate of appreciation for the Goducate literacy program. It signifies recognition that our program is a valuable support for the Department’s program.
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