A fourth grader from Cebu is the latest special companion of Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte on her trip abroad.
The Vice President brought her young protégé Kester to her official visit to South Korea as part of her “You can be VP” project.
Under the Office of the Vice President’s (OVP) project, young students are given front row seats to experience how to be the country’s second highest official.
This time, Lester, the 9-year-old student from Tito Melecio Elementary School in Danao City, Cebu, got to join the country’s veep at some major meetings, including an education summit, in South Korea. Photos shared by the OVP showed the Vice President and her little sidekick in her South Korea journey.
“Si Kester ang pangatlong partisipante sa special project ng Office of the Vice President na ‘You Can be VP,'” the Vice President said in a Facebook post.
“Kasabay ko siya sa ilang mahahalagang pulong na aking dinaluhan, tulad ng aking mga meeting sa iba’t ibang high ranking officials sa Republic of Korea, at sa Global Education Innovation Summit 2023 o GEIS bilang pangulo ng Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) at kalihim ng Department of Education (DepEd),” she said.
According to Duterte, the “You Can Be VP” project is all about showing the students the ropes as well as highlighting the role of education in chasing dreams and honing leadership skills.
“Ang ‘You Can Be VP’ ay isang proyekto ng Office of the Vice President para sa mga kabataang mag-aaral upang mabigyan sila ng pagkakataong makita kung ano ang ginagawa ko bilang Vice President,” she said.
“Nais ng special project na ‘You Can be VP’ na mabigyan ng halaga ng mga kabataan ang edukasyon, magpursige silang isakatuparan ang kanilang mga pangarap sa buhay, at linangin ang kanilang leadership skills,” she said.
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