[Blueboard] Pathways Features last Saturday & Sunday. =)
Solvie T. Nubla
snubla at ateneo.edu
Mon Oct 17 09:44:46 PHT 2005
We're happy to share with you that Pathways to Higher Education was
featured The Manila Times Saturday and Sunday last week! You may check
out the articles at:
Feature on Archie Dolit (Sunday)
Or you may read the article below:
Candles in the dark
By Mia Saavedra
THEY could pass for your typical colegialas and campus heartthrobs who
spend their summers frolicking in some exotic faraway beach. Instead,
these students, born into wealth and privilege, choose to stay behind to
help underprivileged public high school students enter college.
It all started in October 2000, when a group of students from Ateneo de
Manila University, took a theology class under Harvey Keh. There, they
studied concepts such as social justice, equality and brotherhood.
Because these ideas seemed so remote from their somewhat sheltered
everyday experience, they sought to find ways in which they could
practice in ordinary life the social doctrines they had learned. Thus,
the Alay ni Ignacio (ANI) program was born. Ignacio is, of course, Saint
Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order.
ANI is a summer instructional program at the Ateneo that aims to help
public high school students from Marikina and Quezon City increase their
chances of getting accepted at the top colleges and universities. ANI
functions like a "school within a school," complete with classes in
English, Math, Science, Christian Living as well as field trips, plays,
spiritual retreats, spelling bees, science fairs and the like. What makes
this program unique is that everything is run by student volunteers, who
act as teachers, principals and coordinators. Faculty members of the
Ateneo offer their expertise in creating modules, and by acting as
resource speakers and facilitators in workshops.
With the support of Ateneo de Manila University President Fr. Bienvenido
Nebres, S.J., and former Ford Foundation Program Officer Dr. Milwida
Guevara, what began as a student-led initiative is now a recognized unit
called Pathways to Higher Education. More than just being a mere
scholarship program, Pathways helps bright but
financially-underprivileged public high school students enter college by
focusing on their academic and nonacademic formation. Pathways conducts
tutorials and self-enhancement workshops all geared towards helping
students finish college.
Because it seems like such an overwhelming task, Pathways partners with
different colleges and universities so the students can apply for free
and possibly avail of scholarships. Pathways also recognizes the role of
the family in a child's education, so it takes the parents as active
participants in realizing its vision. Says Harvey Keh, director of
Pathways, "Volunteerism is really the lifeblood of Pathways. We see our
volunteers as candles in the dark. Amidst all our problems, we still see
that there are people who still haven't given up on this country. In the
end after all, it is society that will benefit from people helping one
another." Pathways enlists the help of kind-hearted individuals as well
as local governments and corporate and socio-civic organizations.
Inspired by the vision and mission of Alay ni Ignacio and Pathways to
Higher Education, more and more students from all over the country are
starting up youth organizations in their own colleges and universities.
>From such humble beginnings, Pathways is slowly but steadily rising as a
force to be reckoned with in the education sector.
To date, Pathways has 37 youth volunteer groups based in different
colleges such as University of Santo Tomas, Philippine Normal University,
University of Asia and the Pacific, West Visayas State University, Notre
Dame of Marbel University, Ateneo de Davao University, Saint Louis
University, Benguet State University, University of the Assumption and
University of San Carlos to name a few, across the Philippines, all
spearheading tutorials, self-enhancement workshops and other activities
that are in line with the Pathways spirit.
Starting Sunday, October 16, The Manila Times will carry a front-page
article telling the inspiring stories of some students who have
surmounted their poverty and, thanks to Pathways volunteers, are now
enrolled and doing well in some of the country's best colleges and
Mia Saavedra is the coordinator for Pathways to higher education.
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