SPARK! conducts scholarship workshop at DLSU

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SPARK Philippines and Araneta Foundation in partnership with Erasmus Mundus Association Philippines (EMA Philippines) sponsored a forum on scholarship and opportunities for Filipinos at De La Salle University last October 25.

Attended by almost 100 people, SPARK understands the need for opportunities and scholarships to be available and accessible to more people. It continues to seek partnership where sustainable development including human development is emphasized especially among women and girls. SPARK vows to champion in empowering women and youth through advocacy, livelihood and training progammes, and activities that benefit the targeted communities.

SPARK’s Executive Director Jenny Lind Elmaco-Cardenas, who is also a recipient of Europe’s most prestigious scholarship programme, Erasmus Mundus, discussed the contribution of Filipino scholars in Europe, citing experiences from her studies and work. She also mentioned why it was also good for scholars to come back, lead an organization or company, and give back to the community.

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Participants also listened to another speaker, Dr. Genevieve David who took European Master of Public Health, and, like SPARK’s Jen Elmaco, came back to practice and share the wealth of knowledge she acquired during her studies in Europe.

Young Erasmus Mundus alumni were also present to encourage participants to be bold in their application and to be audacious in seeking new opportunities.

The participants were very pleased with the forum and wished that SPARK could sponsor another similar event in their own universities and communities because even if many opportunities were available out there, Filipinos did not know they exist nor did they know how to access them.

Given the digital age of information and social media, SPARK wants to bridge the gap especially in far flung communities where people have no access to internet or television. There are undiscovered minds that are waiting to be found. If knowledge is power, SPARK definitely dreams of every community in the country to light up.

Emerging Leaders Assembly – Cebu Province

On August 6, 2014, inspiring leaders from different universities in Cebu converged to discuss pertinent issues and possible solutions in the region. Below is an account from one of the participants, Chatch Calderon of UP Cebu. SPARK! encourages and supports meetings like these among youth in the regions where you can discuss and debate pertinent issues in the country and propose solutions together. If you wish to organise one, let us know at sparkphilippines2013@gmail.com – ED.

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In this generation where the youth is told to be apathetic, there is a need for someone to step up and make a change.

The Emerging Young Leaders’ Assembly organized by SPARK Philippines Incorporated became an avenue for student leaders from different universities in Cebu City to meet and discuss different issues that affect the youth.

The assembly led to a discourse on ideas on various issues that we are encountering.  Meetings such as these are important in assuring participation among the students. It is an avenue to share ideas and insights as to addressing the issues that is similar among the different schools. Most of all, it is one way of uniting the youth. It is in unity that we could create one solution that would address our concerns as the youth sector.

We are the future of our country. Let us not be passive in issues that concerns the youth. Let us be the change that we want our nation to be.

By:
Chatch Calderon -Councilor and Committee on Health and Environment Chairperson at UP Cebu Student Council 2014-2015

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