BatStateU SULAMBI Volunteer Organization student members attended a two-day training-workshop on community-based needs assessment on August 29-30, 2018.
Said organization is composed of students and other stakeholders who would respond to the needs of various communities. This will serve as an arm in carrying out the university’s social responsibilities that will also equip its members with skills on how to assess the needs of a certain community and eventually come up with pragmatic solutions. This will provide opportunities for students to actively participate in community-based projects while learning about community development at the same time.
Students were familiarized with the Design Thinking methodology of the Learning Express (LeX) Program of Singapore Polytechnic (SP) with the help of Dr. Romel U. Briones, Asst. Prof. Armando V. Mendoza, Jr., and Engr. Edzel M. Gamab as LeX Facilitators, who also underwent the same training in SP last April 2017. The said program aims to identify the unmet needs in the lives of the people in the community.
LeX had four stages namely, Sense and Sensibility, Empathy, Ideation and Prototyping allowing the participants to fully understand the project scope of it. Group activities were also held to exercise the problem solving skills of the students.
Asst. Director for Gender and Development Asst. Prof. Maria Theresa A. Hernandez also graced the event where she shared the importance of mainstreaming Gender and Development in university activities and programs.
The training was held in preparation for the upcoming community development programs of the said organization.
Dr. Vanessah V. Castillo, LeX Batangas Coordinator facilitated the two-day event in cooperation with the Extension Services Office which took place at the Lecture Room, International Affairs Office, CITE Building, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City.