“Spirit, Science and System.”
Through GKBI, the inspiration of GK (Spirit) is paired with the insights of research (Science) which finds immediate replication through efficient organization and mobilization (System). The Builders Institute serves as GK’s:
It develops templates and models for GK Programs through community and school-based research and development.
It promotes love for God and country among their students, faculty and staff by involving them in the work of nation-building.
Institute for Learning.
It teaches and trains GK Teams - caretakers, beneficiaries and partners - in replicating GK’s best-practices.
WHY WE DO IT
The difference between a developed country and one that is not lies in how much love its people have for their country. The GK Builders Institute was conceived by our founder as the vehicle that can raise a generation of heroes with loving minds and intelligent hearts. In the Philippines, the Builders Institute seeks to bridge the multiple gaps that have prevented our learning institutions from graduating patriots: filling the gap between the community and the classroom, between theory and application, between thought and action, between personal dreams and dreams for the collective good.
HOW WE DO IT
The GKBI is a network of academic institutions committed to the work of nation-building through Gawad Kalinga. It is composed of GK school partners who are committed to conducting research, development, & capacity building for GK. The GKBI is the caretaker of the body of knowledge gained from the GK experience.
The GKBI, through a national secretariat, engages select GK school partners to establish and maintain Centers for Nation Building which ensures that the GK Way is integrated in the academic and non-academic program of the school for its students, faculty, administration, staff, and alumni. These centers are responsible for the following program and initiatives:
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you want to study GK and contribute to its growth, you can join the GK Global Research and Internship Program (GK GRIP) which works closely with higher education institutions to mobilize university and graduate students in making a difference for GK communities through research and internship.
- Facilitate academic studies on GK through the GK Global Research & Internship Program (GK GRIP). This program provides local and foreign students the opportunity to learn about poverty eradication the GK way.
- Develop and publish official GK reference and resource materials.
- Develop, pilot and mainstream new templates and models for the continued development of the GK model.
- Implement the GK Capacity Building Program.
Participating students, with consent of their university advisers, apply academic concepts in GK communities and develop research materials and projects that will be used to improve the quality of life for people in need.
Participation in the program can take two forms: internship and research. The output of GK GRIP participants in both areas will be used by Gawad Kalinga to improve its existing programs in various GK communities, as well as incubate and eventually implement promising new projects. These projects address a variety of topics related to poverty eradication such as urban planning, education, environmental and health sustainability and social entrepreneurship.
Students are encouraged to work within the framework of these topics while adapting their approach to the diverse needs of people in different communities. The result is a program that is global in scope and purpose, with the flexibility and responsiveness that is community-based.
- Interested participants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree or in a full-time graduate study program (Masters and PhD).
- The program seeks candidates who are undertaking courses related to GK’s 7 programs and related fields.
- Fluency in English is required.
- For inquiries and applications, Please contact us at: email@example.com