The Municipality of Makati is hosting once again “Get Smart,” a yearly summer program spearheaded by Councilor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay. This is open to all high school students of Makati City from both public and private schools . “Get Smart” is Binay’s pet project of educating the youth which started 8 years ago.
Binay explains that, “S.M.A.R.T. is short for Sports, Music, Arts and Recreational Training . The program affords teens the chance to learn the fundamentals of a number of sports, music and art forms to cultivate their interest, make productive use of their time in worthwhile activities, and prepare them for national and international opportunities.
In the case of high school seniors, the program is aimed at preparing them for their college education. Especially chosen as Personality Development course provider for the second consecutive year is TalkShop, a premiere training facility specializing in personality and communication excellence .
Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO informs, “This year’s program includes Social Graces, Communication Advancement, and Personality Development which are integral in building the self esteem of teens as they advance towards their chosen fields in college.” This will serve them in good stead in their professional and personal lives.”
The program is communicative and interactive, characteristic of Communicative Language Teaching which Viesca pioneered in the country in 2002. Being such, the course will draw out teens to improve communication skills, put their best foot forward in different settings as they learn to interact and assert themselves appropriately, providing them with a well-rounded program of indispensable lifetime skills.