A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is inked between the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) to help young girls and Filipinas to be in forefront of energy and environment conservation.
DoE Secretary Alfonso Cusi emphasizes the importance of women’s perspective in science, innovations, and technology.
“We at DoE recognizes that we should take a holistic approach to train female students, as young as those in elementary to appreciate energy.”
Cusi also hopes that this partnership will encourage more young girls and women to take up Science, Technology, Energy, and Mathematics courses.
Meanwhile, GSP National President Susan Locsin, express gratitude to the DoE for the opportunity to work together, promises that this would greatly help not only the girl scouts but the Filipinos in general. That they are going to share the knowledge the DoE will impart with other people.
“We would like to encourage other girls in the home, in the community, and the whole nation to be able to disseminate information about energy conservation and basically, just to keep our planet for the next generation,” Locsin stressed.
The MoU will target GSP 2.2 million members all over the Philippines. Training and educational package provided by DoE will be delivered in GSP’s council camps, district camps, provincial camps, regional camps, and national camps in 97 regions all over the country.
Highlighted projects in the MoU are the Eneready, a career talk for grade 9 and 10 students which aim to break gender-stereotyping in electronics and science-based technical fields; development and dissemination of information, educational and communication materials on the Eneready program for GSP, particularly senior girl scouts provided by the DoE; and implementation of other activities that will promote energy conservation.
Locsin hopes that thru this program everyone will realize that “anybody, especially women, can achieve and can do anything as much as men can do.” # (Ehlorra Mangahas)