Mindanao Youth Gathers for SEACamp

Sea and Earth Advocates Camp (SEACamp) Mindanao has just ended! 

Thirty Mindanaoans spent a week in Tawi-Tawi to increase their knowledge on coastal and marine issues, and build practical skills to pursue conservation work. 

Ten SEACampers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will go to Palawan on June for the project’s culminating event. 

SEACamp is a project of U.S. Embassy Manila in partnership with Save Philippine Seas#1earth

U.S. Embassy Manila Kicks Off Summer Internship Program in Mindanao and Palawan

An intern explains the rights of women to residents of Davao City.

The United States Embassy in Manila in partnership with local NGO, University of Mindanao Legal Aid Network, kicked off a summer internship program for seven law students and seven undergraduate students from across Mindanao and Palawan.  The goal of the month-long internship program is to educate participants on gender issues by placing them with grass roots organizations that promote human rights, access to justice, gender equality, and community empowerment.

During the internship period, participants will design legal aid projects that address gender issues that will be implemented following their internships.

Interns conduct a house-to-house interview to gather data on women’s issues in Davao City.

US Embassy and Mindanao Legal Aid Network Launch Internship Program for Gender Advocacy

The United States Embassy kicked off a month-long summer legal internship program to equip law students with the knowledge and tools to become advocates for gender issues.

April 10, 2015, Davao—The United States Embassy in Manila in partnership with local NGO, University of Mindanao Legal Aid Network, kicked off a summer internship program for seven law students and seven undergraduate students from across Mindanao and Palawan.  The goal of the month-long internship program is to educate participants on gender issues by placing them with grass roots organizations that promote human rights, access to justice, gender equality, and community empowerment.

During the internship period, participants will design legal aid projects that address gender issues that will be implemented following their internships.

The law students are all members of the Legal Aid Program for Mindanao (LEAP-Mindanao), which started as collaboration between the United States Embassy in Manila, several civil society organizations and Mindanao based law schools.  From early 2012 through the middle of 2013, the program assisted ten law schools in Mindanao to establish legal aid clinics.  Students at these schools volunteer their time and provide free legal counsel and assistance to people who would otherwise be unable to afford a lawyer.  By focusing on their local communities, students embrace social justice and contribute to supporting good governance and the rule of law in Philippine society. For more information: http://www.ajaphil.org/main/

Davao del Norte Teachers Undergo Online Professional Development Course in English

The U.S. Embassy Manila’s Regional English Language Office is supporting the professional development of Davao del Norte teachers through MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).  With the help of U.S Government Alumna and DepED Education Program Supervisor, Rebecca Sagot, over 140  educators from the Division of Davao del Norte Region 11  have enrolled in the Shaping the Way We Teach English: Pathways to Success in English Language Teaching course offered by the University of Oregon.  It is a professional development course aimed at English teachers who would like to revise and refresh their methods and approaches.

The MOOC participants meet on Saturdays to discuss their progress, share ideas, and talk with guest speakers on the course topics.

Upon completion of the MOOC in April, participants will come together for a “Celebration of Learning” to receive certificates.

U.S. Embassy Supports Young Southeast Asian Leaders in Jolo

U.S. government alumni read stories to elementary    students in Jolo and encourage them to stay in school.

U.S. government alumni read stories to elementary students in Jolo and encourage them to stay in school.

U.S. Embassy, International Exchange Alumni, and YSEALI members donate books to Riverside Elementary School in Jolo.

U.S. Embassy, International Exchange Alumni, and YSEALI members donate books to Riverside Elementary School in Jolo.

Manila, February 24, 2015 — Officers from U.S. Embassy Manila met with student leaders from Notre Dame College in Jolo to promote the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and discuss other youth programs offered by the Embassy.  Launched in 2013, YSEALI is U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Programs and engagements include U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, project-funding, competitions, networking, and international and regional activities that revolve around the themes on the environment, education, civic engagement, and economic development. More info and free registration can be found on the website youngsoutheastasianleaders.state.gov.

Following the event, U.S. Embassy, U.S. International Exchange alumni, and YSEALI members donated books to students at the Riverside Elementary School in Jolo. The donated books included English dictionaries, short novels, and books on U.S. culture. The U.S. government alumni read stories to the students and encouraged them to stay in school.