Roger, from the tourism and investment promotion office in Leyte, Philippines tells us about a wonderful youth engagement and skills training program the recently launched.
Poor, honours high school students earn scholarships to become trained in software programing, earn a certificate and earn a chance to get ahead in life. The local government helps find placements for them and they go on to find employment. This program is in its early days but the students are finding work and getting jobs, which is the goal of the program.
Participating kids go to school 5 days a week to finish their last year of high school and while they are doing that they go to software programing school 8 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday. These kids are in school 7 days a week, that’s dedication! Then after graduating high school they come back for a full time term. Their scholarships go to pay transportation, tuition and room and board.
These are aspiring, inspiring, hardworking and dedicated kids. Without the scholarships these kids would not be able to further their education, acquire valuable skills and get good paying jobs that provide opportunity.
Quite a story, congratulations to the governor and his staff for a program well developed and a job well done!
Dan pioneered the practice of Creative Rural Economy, Economic Development in Prince Edward County, Ontario for 10 years until 2011. Now he is the President and CEO of the Greater Peterborough Economic Development Commission and the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster where his role has expanded to include both urban and rural creative economy work. Dan also speaks regularly to groups, organizations and conferences in order to help them grow their economies.
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