Give the young in Baseco a chance

Published October 1, 2021, 9:00 PM

by Manila Bulletin

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Manila hands over learning materials to its partner community in Port Area, Manila

PARTNER COMMUNITIES From left: Project officer for Bridge to Employment Diane Lara, school principal at Corazon Aquino High School Manolo Pena, deputy head of mission Dalibor Mička, and program manager for Manila, Chifadel Mabolo

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Manila recently handed over learning materials and equipment to its partner community in Manila. The ceremony was attended by deputy head of mission, Dalibor Mička.

The Bridge to Employment program, a joint project of the Czech Republic Humanitarian Aid and World Vision, aims to address the educational barriers faced by the youth in the Alternative Learning System in Baseco, Manila. With severe limitations of lockdowns and the pandemic, many of these young people are unable to pursue proper education and training that would prepare them for better employment opportunities and a chance at better life outcomes. With the help of the Bridge to Employment Program, they are linked to several training classes in technical-vocational courses, confidence building sessions, and spiritual assistance that guides them through.

BRIDGE TO EMPLOYMENT Dalibor Mička, deputy head of mission, speaking with some of the beneficiary ALS students of the Bridge to Employment Program

This cooperation is one of the outcomes of the Czech Republic’s continuing effort to help its partner countries and show its unwavering support during this challenging time. Mička likened this extension of aid to one of the Czech Republic’s heritage sites, the Charles Bridge. “The symbolism of partnership and aid that the Czech Republic extends to its partner countries is like that of the Charles Bridge, a stone bridge in Prague built in the 14th century that has withstood the test of time and continues to serve its purpose to these days,” he said. “We are your partners, your Charles Bridge, your help in achieving goals for the betterment of your communities. A solid partnership that can withstand the changes of time.”

The project was made possible by means of the Czech Republic Humanitarian Aid that aims to help partner countries address their economic, social, environmental, and security problems, build their resilience, and give their people prospects for a better future.

The project was made possible by means of the Czech Republic Humanitarian Aid that aims to help partner countries address their economic, social, environmental, and security problems, build their resilience, and give their people prospects for a better future. In synergy with humanitarian assistance, it provides opportunity for targeted support for stabilization of countries affected by conflicts and disasters, with a direct link to recovery, development, and political and economic partnerships.

 
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