Last week Goducate Training Center (GTC) held its twice-yearly Leadership Training for young people interested in learning to serve their communities.
80 young people from the Visayas (the “central” part of the Philippine islands) attended the sessions on topics such as “The Leader and the World”, “The Mission of the Leader”, and “The Leader under conflict.” The most interesting and beneficial part of their training is their daily practical sessions serving in the communities around Goducate Training Center. This gives them a real taste of the joys and struggles of community service.
It is our hope that after these 5 days of training, all the participants will be able to serve their communities more effectively, and that some of them will be led to consider being full-time community development workers (CDWs) and enroll for the full-time 6-month CDW course at the Goducate Training Center.
We need to train more CDWs to help Asians help themselves.
Since January this year, Goducate has partnering a private manpower service in Laguna whose aim is very much in line with ours of helping the needy help themselves. This service runs campaigns in villages on the outskirts of Laguna to help out-of-school youth find jobs. We have thus been channelling to this service those attending our Alternative Learning System (ALS) programme, as well as those in our other community programmes… Continue reading
Last December some 400 children in the Goducate program in Laguna each received a recorder from a group of Goducate supporters (see blog, Feb 12, 2016). They were then able to get lessons on Saturdays, when our volunteers, mainly Goducate scholars, go to the various villages to offer tuition in a range of subjects.
At the March quarterly Children’s Day, when the children from all the villages gather together… Continue reading
“We make it fun”, that’s what we always say in Goducate, whether it be in our team-building or any other activity. And we like to rise to the challenge—in this case, of bringing a sports camp to a barangay (village) instead of bringing the campers to the Goducate Training Center.
Working hand in hand with the barangay officials, we held our first Barangay Sports Camp in Barangay Camando, Leon… Continue reading