A 3-day mini sports course was held at the Goducate Training Center (GTC) in Iloilo, The Philippines, for staff of the center during the break that the GTC trainees were having. Those GTC trainees who stayed on at the center during their break also took part in the course. In addition, the mini course was open to community leaders. Altogether some 60 people took part in the course, which was divided into three parts—basketball, basketball refereeing, and lifeguard training. Training was conducted by Goducate sports director Boycie Zamar, George Magsino (an international basketball referee) and Jojo Rivera (a licensed basketball and swimming coach and a licensed lifeguard).
These skills are useful for community development workers, so the first step is to train our staff in them. Basketball is a good way of engaging the communities we work with and instilling in them qualities such as discipline, teamwork, leadership etc. Basketball refereeing offers people, including our community development workers, a means of livelihood. Likewise, lifeguard training. Besides, there is a pool at GTC, so it is essential for GTC to have lifeguards on site.
Participants chose which of the three skills they wanted to learn. In the three days they could be trained only to basic level. Training at higher levels will be offered soon.
After the course, we received numerous requests for similar coaching to be held elsewhere, which we will be considering.
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