The five-week mentorship program on the role of young people in addressing the challenges of the current health crisis started on June 5, 2021 and concluded on July 3, 2021. The culmination of the Youth for Health events titled, “SPEAK UP and Advocate!” was held via the Zoom platform.
This workshop showcased the participating youths’ outputs to the stakeholders and community leaders from Malibay, Pasay City and Calasiao, Pangasinan. This is part of the overall project, “Health literacy, indigenous practices and family learning in the time of COVID-19,” spearheaded in the Philippines by the UST Family Literacy Team composed of Asst. Prof. Gina Lontoc, Ph.D., Prof. Camilla Vizconde, Ph.D., and Prof. Belinda De Castro, Ph.D.
Insights from the event tackled the youths’ initiatives for their own health, welfare and wellbeing support, and that of others.
The participating stakeholders, namely, selected LGUs, DepEd representatives, and Parish Ministries and Organizations from Malibay, Pasay City and Calasiao Pangasinan, emphasized that the implementation of the projects is deemed beneficial to rise up from the struggles caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Project Team Leader Gina Lontoc, Ph.D., shared with the stakeholders how the mentorship program contributed to the goals of the overall project. There was also a showcase of health literacy materials produced by participants, which was followed by sharing of insights from stakeholders with regard to the relevance of the project to their work in various communities. UST Graduate School Assistant Dean Prof. Camilla Vizconde, Ph.D., delivered a message of hope and resilience in her closing remarks.
Also present were the members of the partner institutions of the UST Graduate School for this project, the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin. Sr. Rosy Karippai, O.P., Sister-In-Charge of the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, Sr. Mauricia Burke, O.P., Sr. Ruby Clare Jose, O.P., and Sr. Madeleine Tiemtore, O.P.
This project is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund through the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom.