The Goducate Training Center in San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines, is fast taking shape.
The 11.2 hectare site has been transformed in the last 7 months from a forested area into a training center with agricultural fields (hybrid rice, vegetables, fruit trees), aquaculture pond (with over 3000 fish), large multipurpose hall (for training and accommodation), a camp-site (for accommodation) and recreational facilities (zip lines, horse trails, swimming/dipping pool, restaurant).
We hope to be able to take in our first batch of Goducate trainees in April. They will be trained to help poor communities of Asians help themselves. A large part of their training will be in agriculture and aquaculture so that they can help poor communities produce more food in a sustainable and eco-friendly way.
The trainees will support themselves during their 6-9 month training period by producing their own food – and in the process learn transferable agricultural and aqua-cultural skills.
They will also help to run the recreational and learning activities on the site to generate funds from corporations, educational institutions and other organizations. Presently, there is a strong demand for such activities (team-building, bonding, leadership) from such organizations in Iloilo. The funds generated from these activities will help Goducate Training Center to be self-sustaining in the near future.
This is in line with Goducate’s philosophy of helping others help themselves.
If we can’t help ourselves to be self-sustianing, then how can we help others do so?
The Goducate Training Center in Iloilo, Philippines, was a partner in the drug-awareness campaign on July 23 that was sponsored by the National Service Training Program (NSTP) of Iloilo Science and Technology (ISAT) University La Paz Campus. The campaign was aimed at approximately 1000 freshmen college students. The other partners were the university’s department of Bachelor of Arts in Community Development and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Office… Continue reading
Every year, Goducate in Indonesia holds a teachers’ training session for our Sing Your English (SYE) and eTalk (EnglishTalk) teachers, to refresh them with teaching methods and classroom management topics, and to empower them with inspirational topics. This year, our training was held from July 11 to 16 in Batam.
The SYE program, offered in Batam. Medan, Bandung, and Pekanbaru, was introduced 3 years ago. SYE Phonics Adventure is… Continue reading
Goducate staff were invited by the Laguna Provincial Police Safety Company to help with the company’s medical mission in a far-flung area of Laguna on June 21.
5 Goducate staff members helped out. They travelled almost 3 h to reach this poor community. The event was held at one of the elementary schools there, where the team served almost 150 students, teachers, and some members of the community. There… Continue reading