CWTS/NSTP Edited Version

CWTS 2 Course Proposal

posted Nov 11, 2009, 6:14 PM by J. Aleta Villanueva

COURSE FOR INSTITUTION



Course Title:    Civic Welfare Training Service 2


Course Code: CWTS 2

Course Description: Citizenship and community service course 2

Prerequisite: CWTS 1


Course Credits: (3.0 units)


Course Objectives:


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • discuss the role of the Volunteers in the national and local contexts, taking into consideration membership to the National Service Reserve Corps and the Pahinungod Program of the University of the Philippines.

  • engage in practical and enriching community service activities

  • appreciate personal potentials for service to the community by reflective documentation of activities online and providing peer feedback


Course Outline


Unit 1. Volunteerism (0.5 units = 8 hours of schoolwork)

Module 1: The National Service Reserve Corps

Module 2: The Pahinungod program


Unit 2. Community Service (2.5 units = 40 hours of community service)



Course Requirements


  • Online discussions and peer feedback

  • Relevant readings

  • Reflective essays/blogs

  • Online documentation of community service activities

  • Creative presentation of outputs to UPOU community and partner organizations



Course Mechanics


Basic mechanics of the course are as follows:


Each semester, the UPOU will initiate community service activities for students who are interested and capable of doing said activities. These activities are subject to the requirements of existing UPOU extension projects or partner organization.


Partner organizations are well-established government (national or local), non-government, or international institutions with actively maintained official websites. Students may be involved in official projects of such organizations and their involvement be acknowledged in the official websites.


Mechanics for dealing with partner organizations will be developed as need arises

Students may choose to initiate their own projects or enlist for credit their current volunteer activities. General guidelines regarding certification/crediting through non-UPOU initiated activities (i.e., personal volunteerism and individual/group initiated projects) will be developed.


Student-initiated projects must conform to certain rules and must be done in coordination with concerned local governments.


Students are expected to continue with activities initiated in CWTS 1. In case it is not possible to do so, the student may opt to do (1) similar activities with a different partner organization, or (2) to initiate new activities with the same community.



References

  1. Alexander, T. 2001. “Citizenship Schools. A Practical Guide to Educations for Citizenship and Personal Development”. Campaign for Learning/UNICEF. London.


  1. Ayala and Bautista. Magkaugnay sa Dagat ng Buhay (Values enshrined in the Filipino Constitution)


  1. Constantino, R. Identity and consciousness : the Philippine experience. Quezon City : Malaya Books, 1974. 69 pp.


  1. The Learning and Skills Network. Make it happen: Effective practice in post-16 citizenship. Accessed online at http://www.post16citizenship.org/makeithappen/ on 3/3/09.

















4th Ed

posted Mar 13, 2009, 3:44 AM by J. Aleta Villanueva

COURSE FOR INSTITUTION


Course Title:    Civic Welfare Training Service

Course Description:

citizenship and community service course

Course Credits: 2 units


Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • explain the meaning of citizenship

  • discuss the essence of being a Filipino citizen in the context of personal goals and interests

  • engage in practical and enriching community service activities

  • document community service activities online and provide peer feedback

  • present community service experience and lessons learned in an end of term NSTP student forum


Course Outline

Unit 1.  Introduction to Citizenship

Module 1: Perspectives of Citizenship throughout time

Module 2: Underlying Concepts of Citizenship

Module 3: The National Service Training Program


Unit 2. Community Service

Module 1: Working with the Community

Module 2: Reflecting on Community Service


Course Requirements


  • Online discussions and peer feedback

  • Relevant readings

  • Reflective essays/blogs

  • Online documentation of community service activities

  • Creative presentation of outputs to UPOU community and partner organizations


Course Mechanics


Basic mechanics of the course are as follows:

  1. This course may be taken 3 times in view of the 6-unit NSTP requirement.

  2. Each semester, the UPOU will initiate community service activities for students who are interested and capable of doing said activities.  These activities are subject to the requirements of existing UPOU extension projects or partner organizations.

  3. Partner organizations are well-established government (national or local), non-government, or international institutions with actively maintained official websites.  Students may be involved in official projects of such organizations and their involvement be acknowledged in the official websites. 

  4. Mechanics for dealing with partner organizations will be developed as need arises

  5. Students may choose to initiate their own projects or enlist for credit their current volunteer activities.  General guidelines regarding certification/crediting through non-UPOU initiated activities (i.e., personal volunteerism and individual/group initiated projects) will be developed.

Student-initiated projects must conform to certain rules and must be done in coordination with concerned local governments. 


References

 
Alexander, T.  2001.  “Citizenship Schools.  A Practical Guide to Educations for Citizenship and Personal Development”.  Campaign for Learning/UNICEF.  London.


Ayala and Bautista.  Magkaugnay sa Dagat ng Buhay (Values enshrined in the Filipino Constitution)


Constantino, R.   Identity and consciousness : the Philippine experience. Quezon City : Malaya Books, 1974.  69 pp.


The Learning and Skills Network. Make it happen: Effective practice in post-16 citizenship.  Accessed online at http://www.post16citizenship.org/makeithappen/ on 3/3/09.


















The National Service Training Program


BACKGROUND
In 2002, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001, otherwise known as the Republic Act 9163.  It is an act establishing the NSTP for tertiary level students amending for the purpose of RA 7077 and PD 1706. 

The NSTP aims to enhance civic consciousness and defense preparedness in the youth by developing the spirit of service and patriotism while undergoing training in any of its three program components, namely, Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC), Literacy Training Service (LTS), and Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS).  CWTS courses focus on student engagement in activities or programs contributory to the general welfare and betterment of life for the members of the community or enhancement of facilities, especially those devoted to improving health, education, environment, entrepreneurship, safety, recreation, and morals of the citizenry (RA 9163, Sec 3(d)).

The UPOU undergraduate student is required to fulfill 6 units of NSTP courses as a to graduate.  Since the institution of the Associate in Arts program, students have been able to fulfill this requirement by cross-enrolling in other academic institutions.   By putting up its own NSTP program, the UPOU assures the development of its students’ potentials not as an add-on to its academic programs but as an integral aspect in UPOU’s undergraduate education.

RATIONALE:
This NSTP course was specifically developed with the distance education student in mind.  It allows for reflective student involvement in various civic service programs and a means to credit ongoing voluntary engagements and service learning activities.  It is premised on the appreciation that civic service may be rendered both in person and virtually, whether to a local community, a sector of society, a service-oriented organization, or an online community.

The members of the UPOU undergraduate student population have several unique characteristics which prompt the university to provide for more flexibility in terms of the fulfillment of the NSTP requirement.  Taken together, the UPOU students have great potential to contribute to their communities.
1.    Geographic delocalization (with particular emphasis in offshore students who did cannot cross-enrol their NSTP courses),
2.    Well-developed computer and written communication skills,
3.    Some are members of online communities,
4.    Most are employed part-time or full-time,
5.    Some are currently engaged in various volunteer organizations.

Given these characteristics, CWTS credits may be given subject to more flexible rules, where flexibility is conceptualized in the following contexts:
1.    Flexibility in terms of how the service is rendered.  Civic service may be rendered in person or virtually.
2.    Flexibility in terms of the community being given service.  Civic service may be rendered to a local community, to a sector (through service-oriented sectoral organizations), or to an online community.
3.    Flexibility in terms of the context in which the community may be served.  Civic service may be done as a member of a volunteer organization, as an individual/group-initiated project, or as a part of a UPOU-organized NSTP activity.

PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS


Implementing rules and regulations of the NSTP Law require that institutions offering the NSTP must have an NSTP Coordinator.




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