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?
In July 2014, the Goducate Training Center (GTC) in Iloilo, Philippines, started to prepare youths and adults for the Accreditation and Equivalency program of the Alternative Learning System (ALS). The ALS is a Philippines Department of Education program for people who have not finished their schooling. Those who pass the ALS at the high-school (secondary) level can qualify for tertiary education. GTC embarked on this program in partnership with a… Continue reading
In helping others help themselves, Goducate trains families, and companies, schools, and other organizations in leadership and team-building within their own context. Some of the training is done at the Goducate Training Center, but Goducate also has a mobile team that goes out to do the training. Goducate is in its second year of helping Iloilo Private Schools Educators Association (IPSEA) to train their student leaders.
IPSEA is an… Continue reading
In March this year, 7 out of 41 Goducate scholars in the 2014-15 batch graduated from various universities in the Philippines. This Goducate Scholarship Program in Laguna, sponsored by a Goducate supporter, pays for the tuition fees of students from very low income families who are in the Goducate music program. In return the scholar helps in the music program as well as in Goducate community programs.
One of… Continue reading