Engaging the World
Engaging the World
t the Ateneo, students are provided with many opportunities for developing social responsibility that will move them to contribute to national development and social transformation within their own sphere of competence and expertise.
The Ateneo Grade School has had the Ateneo-Mangyan Program for Understanding and Development (AMPUD) for the last fourteen years. They also work with Cartwheel Foundation for teacher formation in Bukidnon, and with the parishes of Santa Maria Della Strada and Our Lady of Pentecost to help 200 public schoolchildren in the area.
In the Ateneo High School, each second year student spends 2 hours a week for 10 weeks in an orphanage, home for the elderly, or center for the physically or mentally handicapped under the Christian Service and Involvement Program. In junior year, they are given the opportunity to participate in Banlaw, a voluntary immersion program, where they spend a weekend with a poor family.
Tulong Dunong, a tutorial program for elementary public school children, was started by Fr. James O'Brien, S.J., thirty years ago. It has been institutionalized in the senior curriculum and has been a defining experience for many generations of Ateneo high school students. While the young kids from public schools learn a lot from the tutoring, their Atenean kuyas learn in a much deeper way. The process of reflection that the boys undergo after their action-oriented tutoring help them to understand what it means to be engaged in the world and to respond to a deeper spiritual call.
The formation program in Ateneo College begins with INTACT (Introduction to Ateneo Culture and Traditions) in the first semester of freshman year. In the second semester of freshman and sophomore year, the students tutor public school students, build houses for Gawad Kalinga and Habitat, care for the environment with Bantay Kalikasan, or take care of the animals at the Manila Zoo.
In the "labor trial" program, junior students work with manual laborers once or twice a week for three weeks, attend input and processing sessions, and write and submit reflections on the experience. In senior year, graduating students undergo a two and a half-day immersion program among the poor.
Student organizations in the Ateneo actively render community service to a wide range of beneficiaries such as the Loyola Mountaineers’ work with Dumagats in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija, the Ateneo Lex’ Balik-Laya Project with prisoners, and the work of the Ateneo SCA, ACIL, Musmos, Kaingin, ACLC and Tugon with many poor communities.
The Ateneo Graduate School of Business has started a program called Mulat-Diwa, bringing to the forefront of the consciousness of students and faculty the challenges of poverty in our country and encouraging participation in programs to address them. The Ateneo Law School is strengthening its Human Rights Center and its Legal Aid program.