In the Philippines, at least 50 million people consider themselves poor. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 2, 2006).
Seven in ten Filipinos (70%) say their personal circumstance worsened over the last year, while 83% are of the opinion that the national quality of life of most Filipinos and their families is worse now than it was a year ago. (Pulse Asia, March 2006)
On the other hand, the state of Philippine education is bleak. 9.2 million out of 57.6 million Filipinos aged 10 to 64 years cannot read, write, subtract and add, or understand simple instructions. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 5, 2006)
Our Answer: Social Entrepreneurship
Social entrepreneurs are Generative Leaders who combine business savvy with social mission. They are P.E.A.R.L.S.: Passionate, Ethical, Action-oriented, Results-focused, Leaders of Society.
They lead, inspire, create a vision and engage people to generate something from within themselves, thereby, fundamentally changing communities. Social entrepreneurs are catalysts of change.
Social entrepreneurs, Bill Drayton says, “are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”
The CIE Six High Impact Programmes (S.H.I.P.)
In line with its vision to become a veritable institution who champions the upliftment of the quality of human life, CIE takes up as its social mission the challenge of confronting our country’s problem of illiteracy and poverty. CIE espouses the Pearl principle advocating the ideology of “initiating change from within and within one’s sphere of influence” in order to “transform a state of hopelessness into a state of optimism where opportunities are created as in the creation of a pearl.” CIE has chosen social engagement and the Pearl Principle as the anchor of its social entrepreneurship programmes.
CIE captains the SHIP in spearheading the creation of Social Enterprises to address problems in illiteracy and poverty. The SHIP is an acronym for Six High Impact Programmes of CIE putting into action tenets of the Pearl Principle. These are viable and sustainable development programmes that can be undertaken by NGOs, POs, cooperatives and like-minded individuals including CIE students who dare to engage in this mission as partners.
CIE, believing that everyone is an active learner who creates meaning not only through theory but more importantly through practice, has in fact required its own students to be advocates of the PEARL Principle. Graduating classes in high school and college engage in projects that actually help alleviate the life of a disadvantaged family. They teach families life-skills to earn, manage and sustain themselves to truly improve their quality of life.
CIE S.H.I.P. shall turn adversities into opportunities by creating Social Enterprises undertaken not as acts of charity but as processes of reciprocity so that it may ultimately create an intrinsic value to the community that CIE serves.
Entrepreneurial Development Management (EDM)
Traditional sources of funding are becoming scarce. Donor-fatigue syndrome is mounting because of global recession and economic crisis.
The EDM model dares to help eradicate poverty and illiteracy by creating social enterprises undertaken NOT as acts of charity, but processes of reciprocity, ultimately creating an intrinsic value to the community it serves. The EDM Business Model is self-generating because it has a mechanism for internal resource generation.
The main requirement is PASSION for social engagement to make a difference in the pursuit of nation building.
No license fee is required.
The Ship support package to launch your journey towards social entrepreneurship
- Affiliation and support from established reputable private schools.
- High Standard Curriculum
- Quality Assurance from GEQ
- Comprehensive Training Program
- Management Consulting Support from GEQ
- Standardised Operations Manual
- Assistance in site improvement
- Consulting support on Finance Management and Fund Generation