This project was initiated by Desmond Elliott (Humanitarian) and Nelia Umereweneza (ESL Teacher). Together, they are passionate about assisting in educating the under privileged. Empowering women and educating future generations of children. Education provides a path out of poverty. While working tirelessly to provide a subsistence lifestyle the men are too busy to consider opportunities, “Teaching the Women to “FISH” and Educating the Children is the solution”.
Desmond and Nelia in cooperation with the Philippine National Police at Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat will assist in educating the Manabo people in Literacy (English), Health, Sanitation and Agricultural practice. Desmond is affiliated with an Australian Aid agency (South Pacific School Aid, Inc. based in Adelaide, South Australia). Working with the Senator Ninoy Aquino Local Government Unit the project will be coordinated and managed utilising the local resources plus foreign aid. The project was made possible by sourcing education resources from Australia, these resources result from regular upgrades and replacements while introducing latest technologies in Adelaide schools. We can source books and teaching aids for the project at very low cost (freight and handling and customs charges are subsidised or provided free). Efforts will also be made to fund the building of a community learning center specifically for the Manobo people. This should encourage these people to continue their education as we discover their specific needs.
The curriculum was be designed by Nelia, she has many years experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in Thailand. It is proposed that the literacy program will be developed and deployed with flexibility of location and time to facilitate the lifestyle of the people. The project will encourage learning English to improve and extend positive outcomes for the region, the people and the community at large.
Nelia will introduce basic learning initiatives; Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Foremost would be concentration on Reading and Writing. Situational topics will be tackled to include use of everyday encounters, such as counting seeds and reading circulars and information presented to them by the community. Health and sanitation techniques will be introduced, teaching how to avoid infections and lower the mortality rate among children through simple hygiene processes. Permanent housing methods and efficient, less polluting cooking technology will be introduced in phase two and three of the project.
In the initial phase of the program a training schedule will address the local language, the importance of learning English, Basic Mathematics, Writing and Personal/Family Health. As the program develops the curriculum will be further customized to satisfy the specific needs of the group. Feedback from continuous testing and evaluation will aid in this process.
The Internet will be introduced to the region providing better access to the rest of the world, and further enhancing the education process.
The people targeted in the initial phase of the project are those totally dependent on hunting/gathering and tilling the soil providing the little food they produce to sustain life. We aim to build some resilience in this group as they face the effects of Global Warming and Climate Change.
The capacity of people to produce their own food in a sustainable manner is very important in these trying times. While decreasing “burn-off” and improving their knowledge of carbon sequestration they become a valuable contributor to the future wellbeing of the region, country and planet.
The need to improve the opportunities for everyone, reducing poverty, increasing food production by better utilization natural resources. Increasing food production is more important than ever as the world population rises and a responsibility owned by all of us.