In 2011, the Philippines started to transition from its old 10‐year basic educational system to a K‐12 Educational System. The new 12‐year system is now compulsory and covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education. Senior High School (Grades 11 and 12) specifically covers 2 years of in‐depth specialization of courses for students depending on the occupation / career track they wish to take which are: 1) academics to be able to pursue college education or 2) vocational/technological courses which will enhance their employment opportunities for skilled labor.
The Impact Project of Soroptimist of Mandaluyong focus is on giving assistance and support to underprivileged students who have chosen the vocational/technological courses, by providing them the tools and equipment needed in the specialized courses and by giving motivational seminars that will improve their self-esteem and open their eyes to the perils and dangers awaiting teenage girls.
At the end of the program, the students should have acquired a vocational course training, graduated and obtained a Certificate of Competency from Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA)‐ a government certifying body, and taken a special “On‐the‐Job Training”. This will enhance their employment opportunities thereby improving their economic status in life.
INTERVENTION BY SOROPTIMIST INTL. MANDALUYONG
Soroptimist International of Mandaluyong would like to help these most unfortunate students by providing them the necessary tools and materials for the vocational and technical training. The club will also adopt the “Dream It Be It” program of Soroptimist International of the Americas and conduct motivational seminars that will uplift the self‐esteem of Junior and Senior students, develop their personalities and improve not only their work attitude but their outlook in life.
The club has selected two public high schools in Mandaluyong: Addition Hills Integrated School and Jose Fabella Memorial School. It has also chosen 110 girls from Grades 10 to 12, who are passers of the national exams and are qualified and interested to take up vocational courses in preparation for future employment.
The 110 girls will take up one or two of the following courses below:
- Bread and Pastry Making (30 students)
- Commercial Cooking (30 students)
- Illustration and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Operation (25 students)
- Computer System and Hardware Servicing (25 students).
50 girls identified as most needy will also be given the basic needs for clothing and schooling like school materials, books, shoes and uniforms. We will also target at least 100 girls from Grades 9 to 12 to be participants/recipients of the Dream It Be It Seminar and other Motivational talks.
Soroptimist International of Mandaluyong was granted by Soroptimist International of the Americas in June 2016 in the amount of $6,000 for this particular project. Only 2 clubs in the Philippines were awarded the grant, one them is Soroptimist Intl of Mandaluyong.
The grant shall be spent for the Ingredients of the Cooking and Baking Classes of Jose Fabella Memorial School, tools and materials for the Computer Classes of Addition Hills Integrated School, Conduct of Seminars for additional training and personality development and uniforms and other school needs for 50 students.