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The whole 5 days of the workshop proved fruitful as much as stressful as it was. It showed how 2 minds can collaborate to make the meat of the workshop (meaning the content) ---> that would be Tan-
tan and me! It showed how the variation of facilitators (meaning having NSTP, Pathways Core, and PEERs personnel as facis) could not offset the matter being taught, and thus proved that anyone can faci in the SAD workshop. It also showed how willing, ready,
The computation for the final grade is as follows: Final Grade = (scores in the problem sets + quizzes, seatworks, etc + midterms + finals)/5 Grade Range: 100 > A ≥ 92 > B+ ≥ 86 > B ≥ 77 > C+ ≥ 69 > C ≥ 60 > D ≥ 50 >
Pathways to Higher Education
Social Awareness Development Workshop
The Social Awareness Development (SAD) Workaims to develop the participants’ knowledge of current socio-economic situation through the of a 3-day workshop and culminating projOnce that knowledge is brought out, the proaims to motivate the participants into develing their own solutions to the current situaof the country. Each of the 3 days of workrevolves around discussing and expoundon the issues of knowing (1) who the Filipi(2) what problems the country is currently riencing, and (3) how they can solve these lems in their own concrete ways. For their culmishop their u s e ect. gram o p t i o n shop i n g no is, expeprobnating
In October 2000, a group of Ateneo college students taking up Theology under Mr. Harvey Keh wanted to do some concrete action after learning about the concepts of social justice, equality, and brotherhood. With the social problems they have been exposed to, they came up with a program called Alay Ni Ignacio. Alay Ni Ignacio is a summer instructional program for academically gifted but financially disadvantaged students from public high schools. It provides supplementary Math, English and Science classes, as well as spiritual mentoring, self-awareness workshops, career guidance and other extra-curricular activities. These endeavors are aimed at increasing the participants’ chances of entering and obtaining scholarships to good colleges and universities. From this student-led organization sprung Pathways to Higher Education Program. In 2002, the Ateneo de Manila University started Pathways with the help of the Ford Foundation. To date, it has helped bridge over 500 deserving but financially challenged students to quality colleges and universities while nurturing another 500 high school students to enter and complete college and contribute positively to society.
1. Attendance a) Present Before the Breaks b) Present After the Breaks 2. Participation a) Taboo (day 1) b) Make your Superhero (day 1) c) Spider Web (day 2) d) Ideal Community (day 3) e) If We Had Power (day 3) f) Kapamilya, Leave or No Leave (day 3) g) Group Discussions 3. Creative Output a) Reflection Paper i. Reflection Paper 1 ii. Reflection Paper 2 iii. Reflection Paper 3 b) Pledges c) Panel Defense 15% 5% 5% 5% 15% 20% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 10% = 50% 5% 5% = 40% = 10%
The Pathways to Higher Education Program identifies bright but financially underprivileged public high school students and equips them with the necessary skills, both academic and nonacademic, to ensure they get a fair chance at a college education. Pathways aims to help these participants to gain access to higher education through working with individuals and institutions that provide scholarship programs. Pathways assists them as well with the major difficulties that they face in their pursuit of a college education. These are mainly the lack of academic preparation for college, inadequate family income, lack of self-esteem and lack of educational resources. These key considerations are often what drive today’s students to drop out of college even after they are given scholarships. To address these issues, Pathways aims to provide access to education by providing holistic formation not only for the individual scholars but for their families as well. While maintaining good relationships with individuals and institutions that provide scholarships for the students, Pathways engages their parents in support groups, values formation, and livelihood opportunities, giving them a stake in their children’s education and augmenting the family income. The individual scholar and the participant family will also be given values formation/education program, allowing them to grasp and thus concretize what they are striving towards. To accomplish this crucial task, Pathways endeavors to engage academic institutions, government, the business community, socio-civic organizations, and individuals, to come together and contribute to the effort. In the end, society as a whole will benefit from the pathways that it provides for today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.
The general aim of the subject is to provide the pathways high school students a firm background and understanding of general chemistry. The subject aims to be more than the usual 3rd year high school chemistry by providing advanced lectures and problems; and interesting demos and activities. The subject seeks to develop the students’ critical and analytical thinking skills. Coverage: First Semester I. Measurements II. Matter and its changes III. Atom and the periodic table IV. Chemical Bonds Second I. II. III. Semester Chemical reactions and equations Stoichiometry Gas Laws 30% 20% 20% 30% 100%
Grading System Workbook/Quizzes Participation Assignments Midterms/Finals
Grade Range: 100 > A ≥ 92 > B+ ≥ 87 > B ≥ 80 > C+ ≥ 74 > C ≥ 68 > D ≥ 60 > F
The mathematics component of the Pathways Enrichment Classes aims to help the 3rd year participants of Pathways to Higher Education in their preparation for the college entrance examinations. It follows a non-traditional format in that it takes a problem-solving framework. In this manner, the solutions and approaches to the problems presented in class shall be generated through active discussions and sharing of knowledge in mathematics of each and every student. On the other hand, the tutors shall serve as facilitators in the development of the critical and analytical skills of each student through problem solving. Grading System The final mark of the student will be based on the following requirements: Problem Sets (6 problem sets worth 25 points each) 150 pts Quizzes, Seatworks, etc. 150 pts Midterm Exam 100 pts Final Exam 100 pts Total 500 pts
i. Absent: 30 mins after the start of the first class 2. Other special cases a. Drinking, smoking, public display of affection, drugs, pornographic materials, deadly weapons, gambling, etc. is not allowed at any point of time. b. Students should only bring materials related to the Enrichment Classes (i.e paper, pencil, ball pen, books related to the lessons in class) c. Students are prohibited from forming intimate relationships with their tutors, mentors, or any staff. d. Students must be always mindful and respectful to the people around them. They are encouraged to use words such as po, ho, or opo. *For any misdemeanor, the student will make an appointment with Ate Jaymee for a kumustahan. Failure to do so may result to the student’s voluntary vacation from Pathways.
Pathways Youth Going Places
by Solvie Nubla
(reprinted from www.admu.edu.ph 02/28/08)
The beneficiaries of Pathways to Higher Education, an organization that helps academically gifted but financially underprivileged public high school students obtain a college education, are going places. To date, here are their recent successes: Archie Dolit (V-BS ECE, Ateneo) was part of the Ateneo team that won second place in the recent Smart-SWEEP contest held in Cebu, Philippines. The team received a cash prize of Php300,000 while Ateneo received an equivalent amount in the form of grants. The SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards is one of the major initiatives of telecommunications giant Smart under the company’s pioneering industry-academe partnership, SWEEP, that seeks to help raise the level of technology and engineering education in the country. Reginald Bueno (II-BS Educational Psychology, De La Salle University) as a student ambassador will be going on a 10-day visit to Japan as part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Program. Reggie was selected by the National Youth Commission in conjunction with the Japan International Cultural Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). The JENESYS Program, funded by the Japanese government and in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat, aims to deepen understanding of the different facets of the Japanese society including politics, diplomacy, economics and culture. It also aims to form the basis of future vision and construct firm solidarity among Asian countries which will promote mutual understanding of the future generation of ASEAN and East Asia Summit member countries. Mitchie Boncodin (II-AB International Studies, Miriam College) ! will spend her first semester of junior year at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), University of Australia on
The course explores the means by which the student communicates using the English language in both written and oral forms. It begins with a review of using verbs, pronouns, and prepositions correctly then goes to phrases, clauses, and eventually to constructing sentences. After the sentence, the student will then be taught how to write effective paragraphs and essays. Sample paragraphs and essays will be given to further the student’s understanding of non-fiction writings in English. The last unit will tackle fiction, beginning with the short story, then moving on to adaptation, and finally, the play. Lessons on fiction will serve to introduce the students to the explicitly creative side of writing in English, and make them appreciate the language more.
Grading System ORALS 15% Oral Quizzes (2 minimum) 20% Recitation and Class Participation 5% Play (performance) Midterm evaluation Final evaluation Papers (3 minimum) Play (written script) Written Quizzes (2 minimum)
WRITTEN 15% 15% 15% 10% 5%
Grade Range: 100 > A ≥ 92 > B+ ≥ 86 > B ≥ 81 > C+ ≥ 76 > C ≥ 71 > D ≥ 65 > F
Mitchie Boncodin (II-AB International Studies, Miriam College) will spend her first semester of junior year at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), University of Australia on full scholarship. Miriam College’s International Studies Department nominated Mitchie after conducting comprehensive screening and deliberations on the entire sophomore batch of IS majors at Miriam College. Archie, Reggie and Mitchie are just some of the students nurtured by the Pathways program since they were in high school. Through academic and self-enhancement programs and partnerships forged with universities, foundations and like-minded individuals, Pathways to Higher Education now see these students slowly grow into confident, successful young adults now giving pride not just to their families, but to their schools and the country as well. Archie Dolit and Reggie Bueno are scholars under the Offices of Admission & Aid of the Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University respectively. Mitchie Boncodin, meanwhile, is a scholar of the Jayme-Card-Ayala-Pathways (JCAP) Scholarship Fund. JCAP was initiated by US-based Filipina and distinguished Miriam alumna, Dr. Josefina Jayme-Card as her way of giving back to the Philippines. Ayala Foundation and Ateneo-Pathways to Higher Education manage the program in the Philippines.
House Rules for Pathways Enrichment Classes
a. Students are only allowed FIVE (5) absences from all Enrichment Classes throughout the year. Incurring more than five absences would mean removal from Pathways. b. Absences are ONLY to be used for emergency cases such as: sickness, death in the family, or conflict with academic schedules, and should be supported with the necessary documents (i.e. excuse letter, medical certificate, letter from the school coordinator, etc.) nonetheless, A CUT IS STILL A CUT.
a. Boys – no sando b. Girls – no strapless shirts, mini skirts, micro skirts, plunging neckline, tubes, short shorts c. For all – no pambahay, and please wear footwear at all times d. No jewelries (only a simple watch and a pair of simple earrings)
a. Mobile phones should not be used during classes and should be kept in silent mode at all times. i. If important: inform tutors and ask for their permission before leaving the class or using the cell phone ii. If caught: cell phones will be confiscated by the tutor who will
4. Electronic Devices
a. Any electronic device (Game Boy, PSP, MP3, MP4, camera, PDA, laptop and any XYZ) can only be used before or after classes unless used for presentation
a.Students must not loiter in school grounds before or after classes. b. After dismissal, the students have 10 minutes to leave the sc hool.
6. Class Decorum
a. The classroom must be clean after classes. b. No littering c. No vandalism i. Late: 10 mins. after the start of the first class. Eating/drinking during class time is up to the discretion of tutors
e. take the entrance tests of our partner universities and colleges for free (except for State Universities like UP and PUP). Pathways will be the one to submit their application forms for them. f. attend the College Preparatory Classes during summer
As third year participants they must/will be:
a. interviewed; Pathways staff will interview the students and fill out the Student Rating Sheet (55 out of 100 points; which is 80% of their Pathways Grade) b. visited at their homes; their parents interviewed (45 out of 100 points; which is 80% of their Pathways Grade) c. attend the Social Awareness Development, Enrichment Classes for
Pathways is Love
Kauuwi ko pa lamang galing sa Pathways Anniversary Dinner (‘di lamang dinner yun ha, may program din sila). Ang saya ko. Nakita ko ang mga naging estudyante ko, at grabe, ang galing. Para lamang malaman ninyo, isang batch ko lamang naranasan makapagturo sa ANI. Incoming sophomore ako noon, sa 3A ng ANI ‘05 (3 ANI at 4 ANI pa lamang ang sections noon). Dahil isang section lamang talaga ang naturuan ko sa tatlong taon ko sa ANI, sobrang espesyal ng mga batang iyon sa akin. Masasabi ko na ako pa nga ata ang mas maraming natutuhan galing sa kanila. Dahil sa kanila, nagkaroon ako ng paniniwala sa sarili ko na kaya ko. Noong mga unang araw, natatakot ako na baka hindi ko magawa ng mabuti ang pagtuturo. Natakot ako lalo na’t CL ang hawak ko--formation ito. Puso nila mismo ang hawak ko. Natakot ako na baka magkamali ako. Pero nakaraos ang isang summer, at sa panahon na magkakasama kami ng mga estudyante ko, nakita ko ang kanilang paglago. Mula sa pagiging mga mahihiyain, mayroon nang nakapagrerecite sa class. Mula sa pagiging maiingay at ayaw makinig, naging mas considerable na sila at mas nakikisama na. Sa loob lamang ng ilang linggo na pagsasama namin, malaki ang pinagbago nila--at pati na rin ako. Hinding-hindi ko malilimutan ang araw na ipinakilala ako ng estudyante ko sa nanay niya “Ma, si Ate Jaymee, teacher ko”--teacher raw. Noon lamang ako natawag na ganoon, at ibang-iba pala ang pakiramdam. Ngayong gabi, nakita ko silang muli. Ang estudyante kong hindi nagsasalita noong simula ng term, aba may solo sa play nila kanina. Ang isa sa pinakamagagaling sa klase, sa Ateneo mag-aaral next year. Nakatataba ng pusong makita sila kung nasaan na sila ngayon. Ang tanging hiling ko lamang ay sana magpatuloy silang gumawa ng mabuti, at sana ipakita at ipadama rin nila ang pagmamahal na nakuha nila (mula sa ANI at mula sa Pathways) sa iba pang kapwa nila. Hindi ba’t napakaganda noon? :) ANI at Pathways--Salamat. :)
Chemistry, Math and English, every Saturday and other official Pathways meetings or Enrichment Program activities. They are only allowed a maximum of 5 excused absences (considered excused are absences due to school contests and illness with medical certificate). During the summer incoming fourth year students will be asked to: ,
a. submit a photocopy of their Third Year report card showing an average grade of 85% or higher and still with no grades below 80% b. attend the Loyola Student Center (LSC) review classes during the mornings c. attend the Alay Ni Ignacio (ANI) advance summer classes in the afternoons
Fourth Year High School – after the summer incoming fourth year , students will be evaluated using the following criteria:
a. Student Rating = 55% of the 80% of their Pathways Grade b. Family Rating = 45% of the 80% of their Pathways Grade c. LSC Rating = 20% of their Pathways Grade d. ANI Rating = only those students who will graduate from the ANI program will be considered as Pathways participants
and those who will get the passing Pathways Grade will be the Fourth Year participants who will/can :
a. attend the Self-Enhancement Workshops b. take the Career Inventory Test c. benefit from the College Talks d. benefit from the Career Talks
by Jaymee Duran
Snack Pie atbp.
Summarized Pathways Screening and Selection Criteria
Second Year High School – Alay Ni Ignacio volunteers will look at the
grades and the income of the family. Requirements:
by Luz Eugenio
Snack pie, snack pie Ang sarap ng Snack pie!!! Snack pie, snack pie Nakakaumay!!! Tuwing naaalala ko ang kantang ‘yan, naiisip ko ang aking ANI days. Pero bago pala maging bahagi ng ANI, dumalo muna ako at ang aking mga kapwa mag-aaral sa Pathways Enrichment classes tuwing Sabado. Enrichment classes? Naku, ‘yan yung mga Sabado na talaga namang nakakapagod. Tipong nagrereklamo na nga ako dahil sumali pa ako sa Pathways gayong hindi naman malinaw sa ‘kin ang mapapala ko. Nakakapagod, dagdag gastos at sayang sa oras. Ayan... ayan ang mga reklamo at hinanaing ko dati. Pero tinapos at pinagtiyagaan ko pa rin. Subalit ang totoo, habang tumatagal ang pagiging bahagi ko ng Pathways, pagdalo sa enrichment classes at workshops, syempre unti-unti ko nang naiintindihan at nalalaman ang maitutulong at kahalagahan nito sa ‘kin. Unanguna, pagdating sa akademiko, mas nadagdagan ang aking kaalaman sa Ingles, Literatura at Matematika; pangalawa, sa pakikipagsalamuha sa ibang tao, nagkaroon ako ng mga bagong kakilala, mga bagong kaibigan—ang aking mga kaklase at tutors tuwing Sabado; pangatlo, natuto akong ma-appreciate ang efforts na ginawa ng mga tutors at ng mga taong nasa likod ng programa. Hindi lang sa Enrichment classes at workshops nagtatapos ang Pathways. Meron ding mga advanced classes bawat summer tuwing hapon. At sa kadahilanang ako ay incoming 4th year high school na noon, may mga review classes din para sa mga entrance exams.
a. 85% or higher average, no grades below 80 = photocopy of First Year report card should be submitted b. accomplished ANI application form reflecting annual per capita income that is not higher than Php 40,000 (which means that for a family of three the maximum acceptable total income would be Php 120,000; for a family of four: Php 160,000 ; for a family of five: Php 200,000, and so on). For this purpose only, family should only include the parents or guardian and the children. Other relatives are not to be included in the count of family members just to justify a big per capita income. c. two accomplished recommendation forms sealed in letter envelopes with signature When considered as second year applicants they must: a. take and pass the ANI diagnostic exam b. attend the ANI Orientation Seminar (for students and parents) c. attend and graduate from ANI’s advanced summer classes program
Third Year High School – second year participants who graduated from
ANI will be qualified to apply as the third year Pathways participants. They will be asked to take a diagnostic exam, attend the Pathways Kids’ OrSem and submit the following: a. photocopy of Second Year report card showing an average grade of 85% or higher and still with no grades below 80% b. accomplished Pathways Form (7pages; short) c. Income Tax Return (ITR) of parents/guardian or an equivalent document stating the source/s of family’s income and estimated amount for those who are not filing their income tax d. Community Tax Certificate (CTC) e. Proof of Billing (Electricity or Water) f. Certificate of Live Birth with registry number g. Sketch of how to get to their residence from Ateneo (to be used for our home visits)
Subalit, pagkatapos ng pagdalaw sa mga bahay at pakikipagkwentuhan sa mga magulang naaalala ko na ang kabuluhan ng mga pang-araw-araw na gawaing tila walang katuturan. Kapag natutuklasan ko na ang mga estudyante palang makulit sa klase, pasaway at masayahin ay nagtitipid ng maliit nilang baon mula Lunes hanggang Biyernes para may pamasahe sila pagdating ng Sabado papuntang enrichment classes, nagagawa ko nang kalimutan ang pagod. Nakakabalik na ko sa pagpa-file, pagreply sa e-mail at text messages, at iba pang gawain sa opisina nang may panibagong pasensya. Sa home visit, kapag nakasalamuha ko ang mga pamilyang nais makaahon sa kahirapan, kapag narinig ko ang mga pangarap para sa mahusay na edukasyon at simple subalit maginhawang pamumuhay, naalala ko na ulit ang dahilan kung bakit ako nagtrabaho sa Pathways. Nandito nga pala ako para makatulong kahit papaano sa mga karaniwang tao, hindi mayaman, hindi artista, hindi pulitiko. Sila na may mga simpleng pangarap subalit may matibay na paniniwala na sa kanilang sipag, t’yaga at sa kaunting tulong ng kapwa, maaabot nila ang minimithing pagbabago at makakaahon sa hirap.
Ayan, balik na ‘ko sa aking ANI days. Ang “Snack pie.” Snack pie, snack pie Ang sarap ng snack pie Snack pie, snack pie Nakakaumay!!! ‘Yan ang kanta namin noong ANI days, kasi Snack pie palagi ang aming kinakain tuwing break. ‘Di naman sa nagrereklamo, pero napagkatuwaan lang talaga ng section namin na gawin ang kanta. May pambawi pa nga dun, ang dasal naman na parang ginaya lang namin sa Madeline. Eto yung, “Mahal namin ang tinapay, mahal namin ang mantikilya at higit sa lahat, MAHAL namin ang SNACK PIE!” Wow! Ang sarap talaga alalahanin yung mga araw na iyon! Marami rin kasing nabuong mga malalim na ugnayan sa amin. Tipong open na talaga kami sa isa’t isa, may “Zone of Trust” pa nga kami tuwing homeroom eh. Isang araw din napagusapan namin na mag-overnight at talaga namang yung gabi na yun ay bonding, super saya at mas nakilala pa namin ang isa’t isa. Sa lahat lahat, sa kabila ng kapaguran, sa hirap ng dinanas sa mga tutors dahil sa hirap ng quizzes at exams… eto ako, naka-survive pa rin at nanatiling participant ng Pathways at volunteer na rin. Kung tutuusin, marami pa talaga akong natutunan sa aking mga kamag-aral, sa aking mga kapwa Pathways participant, sa aking mga kapwa Pathways volunteer, sa aking mga tutors, sa aking mentor, sa mga Pathways staff at sa iba pa. Hindi ko man maisaisa ito sa ngayon, alam ko at sigurado ako na meron at marami ito.
ìWhat in the world am I here for?î
(from a Purpose Driven Life)
by Aylin Bello, Anne Felias and Karen Magtubo, ed.
After another long Saturday at Pathways, one cannot help but say, “What do I really get from this?” If you have never asked yourself that, well, maybe now is the right time to be asking yourself: what do you get from being in Pathways? As a student/participant • Edge – you get advanced lessons which help you get ahead academically. Also, you get the chance to ask questions to your Ates and Kuyas about things you’re having difficulty with at school. • Exercise! – Not only physical exercise by going to the Enrichment classes, but you also exercise your brain cells. This helps you stay “updated” with your school lessons even during the weekends. Pathways sure gets you off the couch and keeps you from adding extra fat lumps from all-day TV at home. • Extra-curricular points – Yes, for those aspiring to be honor students in school (well, you should all be) these extra credit are added papogi points to your credentials. • Discover yourself – Through the non-academic activities that Pathways also provides, you get to discover hidden talents or characteristics you may not think you have. You may do something really well without you knowing it. • New Friends – You’ll be meeting classmates from different schools. You’re expanding your network of friends whom you can go to for help or for some bonding time. • The Ate/Kuya you never had – Always been the oldest in the family? Having all Ates or all Kuyas all your life? Well, in Pathways, you’ll have a good mix of both! Ates and Kuyas are not only your tutors but your friends as well. They can help and guide you with practical tips in school and in life to help you get through Pathways and high school as well. • Discipline – By training yourself in handling a heavy work load, you train and prepare yourself for college. Just when you think you’re not getting anything from reading and writing and doing all kinds of activities in Pathways, in the long run, you will be disciplined to take on greater tasks ahead of you. • A lifetime of memories – This is probably the best you can ever get from Pathways. You create memories and history with your classmates and tutors. You build relationships to stand the test of time. In the future, when you look back at your time in Pathways, it’ll give you smiles across your faces, knowing that that time was well spent.
Malaking preparasyon ang home visits: Igu-grupo muna ang mga estudyante ayon sa lugar na tinitirhan nila. Madali lang sana kung malaking kategorya tulad ng Payatas, QC at Marikina. Pero malawak ang Quezon City at Marikina at may mga address sa Payatas na hindi nakalagay sa mapa. Kapag naigrupo na, magpasign-up sa volunteers at sa Pathways staff; piliting magkatugma ang mga bakanteng oras at araw. Tawagan ang mga pamilya para ipaalam ang takdang araw na dapat manatili sila sa bahay. Linawin kung may malabo sa mapa, siguruhing malinaw ang instruction kung paano makarating sa kanila. Madalas, hindi makontak ang number. May mga participants naman na wala talagang telepono. Humanap sa directory ng kaklase nilang maaaring makontak at ipagbilin ang detalye ng home visit. Swerte mo kung hindi magka-cancel ang volunteer o ang staff bago ang araw ng home visit. Minsan may magulang din na makikiusap ilipat ang schedule ng pagbisita sa kanila para hindi na mag-leave sa opisina o pabrika. Okay lang ‘yun, gawan mo ng paraan kasi mahirap kumita ng pera. Ihanda ang mga home visit forms, transportation allowance report, pantanghalian, pamasahe at ipagdasal na lang na maging maayos sana ang biyahe. Sa kabila ng lahat ng preparasyon, ihanda ang sariling may mga bahay pa ring daratnan na wala ang magulang, hindi daw nasabihan o kaya ay lumipat na sa ibang lugar. Interesanteng karansan ang home visit kahit mainit ang biyahe at mausok sa daan. Exciting harapin ang isang araw sa labas ng opisina kahit nakakakaba kapag naliligaw ka na. Nakakapagod ang gawaing ito pero may haplos na dulot sa puso ko. Kapag kasi tumatambak na ang files na dapat ayusin, reports na dapat gawin, mga mensahe sa email at text na dapat sagutin, nakakalimutan ko kung bakit nga ba ako napunta ng Pathways. Ginagampanan ko na lang ang isang tungkulin at lumilipas ang mga araw at buwan na parang basta nagdaan lang.
by Len de los Santos
“Number 12, 14, hayun 29, 32, 41? Bakit walang 35? Nasa Milagrosa St. pa ba tayo? Campo na ba talaga ito? E sabi sa sketch may mosque tayong dadaanan, tapos Dinorado St., tapos sari-sari store. E ang dami nang sari-sari store ah, bakit wala yung number 35?...” Ganito minsan ang kwento ng pakikipagsapalaran kapag panahon ng pagho-home visit sa mga third year high school students ng Pathways. May application form na dapat i-fill out tuwing OrSem, may malinaw na instructions (at least, malinaw para sa karamihang nakasunod) kung ano ang gagawin at may nakahiwalay na pahina ng form para sa sketch na dapat nilang gawin. “Gawin ninyong starting point ang Ateneo o Katipunan. I-assume n’yo na walang alam sa lugar ninyo ang pupunta at ang mapa na iginuhit n’yo lang ang tanging gagabay sa kanya. Siguruhing may malinaw na landmarks at tama ang mga detalye, numero at pangalan. Mula Ateneo hanggang sa address n’yo. Sa likod ng sketch isulat kung paano makarating sa bahay. Gawing specific ang instructions at i-update kami kung may pagbabago. Halimbawa: Sakay ng jeep sa Aurora na byaheng Lamuan, yung dadaan sa Roosevelt-Lamuan. Magpapababa sa Roosevelt, tumawid sa kanto, maglakad hanggang makita ang Tony’s Hatchery. Kung hindi kayo magaling gumawa ng mapa, ipagawa sa nanay o tatay, basta siguraduhin ninyong makakarating kami sa inyo gamit ang sketch na ‘yan ha.” Sa kabila ng mga ganito ka-partikular na mga tagubilin, may mga sketch pa rin na kulang ng isang kanto sa drawing, o gumamit ng landmark na puno ng sampalok sa isang mahabang kanto na marami iba’t ibang puno. Lagot ka kung hindi mo alam ang itsura ng puno ng sampalok! May mga pagkakataong naikot na yata namin ang buong barangay kahahanap ng berdeng gate ng isang berde ring bahay at hindi pa rin namin makita. Katanung-tanong sa paligid, mauuwi kami sa isang pulang gate para lang malamang nagpalit ng pintura ang pakay naming pamilya.
Home Visit 101
As a volunteer: • Review – As you teach these kids lessons you have learned before, you also get reviewed and these lessons are refreshed in your mind. It’ll help you retain and re-learn some things you might have already forgotten but may still prove useful to you. • Training – Not always confident in speaking in front of a crowd? Now is your chance to practice! While being able to help these kids, you’re also helping yourself develop skills in communication and in socializing as well. You may also apply the different theories you learn in school to find out that these theories actually prove to be true. • Resume plus! – Yes, this will look good on your resume, and that’s what we need to get good jobs in the future. • Teach some, learn some – You may think you know better than these kids, but they also have something to share. Be that academic or not, it’s always a two-way highway, you teach them something and you learn from them in return. • Someone to call you Ate/Kuya – Youngest in the family? Only child? Ever longed for the sweet sound of Ate or Kuya that you don’t get at home? Here at Pathways, you’ll get more siblings that you ever wished for! Pour on them the love and care an older sister/brother gives to her/his younger siblings, and you’ll also get tons of love in return. • Understanding – We come from different walks of life, and Pathways provides an avenue for us to understand lives and conditions different from what we are used to. We are exposed to the reality of life, to what’s out there, to what we’ll eventually face when we venture out to the “real world.” • Self-fulfillment – Knowing that in some little way, you are helping al leviate the worsening condition of Philippine education, it will give you a sense of fulfillment, that you are doing your part and actively taking part in nation building. Having the feeling that you taught them a lesson today, that you delivered what you wanted to say, will put your head in the clouds and will keep you coming back for more. • A lifetime of memories – just as participants/students collect memories they’ll keep life-long, you form these memories with them. And years from now, it’ll also put smiles across your faces, knowing that even for a while, you touched a kid’s life.
Pathways First Aid Kit
by Aylin Bello, Anne Felies and Karen Magtubo, ed.
Welcome to a new year with Pathways to Higher Education! As we open a new school year filed with fun and learning (yes, we will learn while having fun), it is best to prepare ourselves for whatever lies ahead of us. Here are some tips which can help you survive Pathways: • Be open to new experiences – You will be immersed in experiences you’ve never encountered before; you will be put in situations you never thought you’ll be in; and you will meet different kinds of people you may not have mingled with before. Be open to these new experiences, let the experience move inside you, do not let your insecurities inhibit you. For if you try to resist indulging in these new experiences, you will miss quite a lot. • Just be yourself – Don’t try to impress other classmates or tutors by putting up a mask. Show us the real, beautiful you! • Don’t treat Saturday Enrichment Classes as a burden – Do not think of Saturday Pathways sessions as something you go to just because you have to. You have to want to go there. Think about the friends you will be seeing, new things to be learned and more bonding moments with your classmates and tutors. Find that something that would make you want to attend the Enrichment classes every Saturday. • Enjoy it while it lasts – You start with the Orientation, a few weeks pass, and you won’t even notice it but the Saturday Enrichment Classes are over! So, instead of wanting to end it right away, savor each moment you spend with your tutors and classmates. To make each session more memorable, treat it as if it’s the last. • Do not be too GC – Yes, we need to do well during the classes to be able to continue as a Pathways participant, but all work and no play will make your life extremely plain and boring. Have some fun! It’s not the sole job of the tutor to make the class fun, but yours too. Try to find ways to make your Enrichment classes fun and exciting. Do not let a session pass without making at least one classmate or tutor smile. ☺ • Time is diamond – Yes, time is worth more than gold, it’s diamond. It may sound like a cliché but manage your time wisely! Juggling Pathways with your high school work load is difficult, but not impossible. Self-discipline is the key. Allocate enough time for each task to be done with good quality. Also, allot time for fun and leisure. All work will cook your brains dry. • Eyes on the prize – Like what the Wildcats always say, “Keep your head in the game!” Remember that whatever endeavor you pursue, without a goal in mind, that’s like driving with a blindfold on. Remember that your goal is not only to have fun, but also to get satisfactory grades to meet your requirements. Keep that in mind. • Put your heart into it – Commitment is one of the most difficult things to give, but commitment will take you all the way from the start ‘til the end. This is what will keep you on track, what will weigh you down when you feel like flying away, what will make you want to wake up to go to every Saturday session. How badly do you want to be a Pathways participant? Do you want to be here bad enough to sacrifice your Saturday afternoons studying even more, after one whole week of brain-draining school work? Think about it.
Pathways Enrichment Classes Calendar
JULY 2008 05 Classroom Management Training and Batch 8 Orsem (PM) 12 Opening of B8 Enrichment Class 19 B8 Enrichment Class 2 26 Batch 7 SEW 1 (AM) 26 B8 Enrichment Class 3 AUGUST 2008 02 Class 09 Class 16 Class 23 Class 30 4 5 6 7 B8 Enrichment B8 Enrichment B8 Enrichment B8 Enrichment B8 Activities
NOVEMBER 2008 15 22 22 29 Class 8 B8 B7 B8 B8 Activities SEW 3 Activities Enrichment
DECEMBER 2008 06 Class 9 13 B8 Enrichment B8 Christmas Party
JANUARY 2009 10 17 Class 10 24 24 Class 11 31 Class 12 B8 Activities B8 Enrichment B7 SEW 4 B8 Enrichment B8 Enrichment
FEBRUARY 2009 07 B8 Enrichment Class 13 14 B8 Enrichment Class 14 21 B8 Enrichment Class Last Day 21 Evaluation and NSTP Processing 28 Enrichment Final Exams and Post-test MARCH 2009 07 Exam (AM) 07 Class LSC Diagnostic B8 Enrichment
SEPTEMBER 2008 06 Volunteers’ Home Visit 13 B8 Enrichment Midterm Exam 27 B7 SEW 2 27 Sem-ender Evaluation and Processing OCTOBER 2008 04 11 18 B8 Activities B8 Activities B8 Activities