The country’s future lies in the hands of leaders who will put the interests of their fellowmen before their own.
This is the belief that drives the Ayala Group’s flagship programs for youth development, the Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (Centex) and the Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC), and Globe Telecom’s Academic Achievement Awards. These programs nurture leadership qualities among today’s youth in the hopes of producing principled leaders who have the skills and motivation to make a difference.
Says Victoria P. Garchitorena, president of Ayala Foundation Inc., the social development arm of the Ayala Group of Companies: ” We are convinced that it is our investment in the youth that will propel our country toward sustained development.”
Leaders as servants
Together with Ayala Land, Inc., Globe Telecom, and other donors, Ayala Foundation established Centex in Tondo, Manila and Bauan, Batangas with the aim to raise future leaders from among the less privileged by providing quality education. Moreover, the Centex curriculum encourages these young children to be critical thinkers, servant leaders and nurturers of the environment.
The program has already shown encouraging results. Centex students have consistently performed well in inter-school examinations and competitions, proving that children from impoverished families can perform at par with their private school counterparts given the proper education and motivation.
The Ayala Young Leaders Congress gathers the most promising college student leaders for a three-day live-in conference designed to nurture the youth’s commitment to integrity and principled leadership, foster their nationalism and idealism, and encourage them to become faithful stewards of their country’s future.
Nearly 300 students from all over the country have been part of AYLC since 1999. AYLC encourages these young leaders to develop bonds with their peers to help them remain faithful to their vision when they assume positions of responsibility in government, the private sector, or in civil society. Some AYLC alumni have gone on to lead local and international foundations and organizations that are committed to uplifting the lives of Filipinos and fellow youth. Others have been recognized for their academic achievements and their contributions to the community.
The Globe Telecom Academic Achievement Awards (GTAAA), now on its 7th year, recognizes excellence in high school science and math, electronics and communications engineering, and electrical engineering. The annual industry-academe linkage program is Globe Telecom’s contribution to nation-building by promoting telecommunications and information technology.
With support from partners Ericsson, Nokia, Tomen Telecom and other leading IT and telecommunications companies, the GTAAA has recognized 106 high school and 94 college students for academic excellence. This year’s awards challenged them to lead the Philippines in a rapidly-evolving, technology-driven world.
Explains Globe Telecom president Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr: “We are ever mindful of our responsibility not only to provide telecommunications services to the Filipino people but also to contribute to improving the lives of our countrymen.”