Part­ners for Ed­u­ca­tion for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals

The Freeman - - OPINION -

Start­ing yes­ter­day, De­cem­ber 7, more than a hun­dred lo­cal and global par­tic­i­pants gath­ered to­gether for the 11th Global RCE Con­fer­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Cebu that fo­cused on the theme: Ed­u­ca­tion for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs).

The United Na­tions Uni­ver­sity-In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Stud­ies and the Re­gional Cen­ter of Ex­per­tise on Ed­u­ca­tion for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment (RCE-Cebu) hosted the event with the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Sys­tem and UP Cebu.

RCE Cebu em­barked on a leap of faith for this con­fer­ence that truly was a cel­e­bra­tion of part­ner­ships!

Grate­fully, God de­liv­ered as al­ways, and sent part­ners who read­ily shared their re­sources or funds.

Ky­ocera kindly lent lap­tops and busi­ness com­put­ers with toner and pa­per, SM, Sa­lon de Rose shared funds, to­gether with Sen­a­tor Sonny An­gara and Ms. Fely Silva. The of­fices of the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Gov­er­nor, Vice Gov­er­nor, and the Cebu City Mayor, with the Cebu City of Tourism, gen­er­ously took care of din­ner, the cul­tural pre­sen­ta­tion, and trans­porta­tion. The De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion-7 promptly shared canned fruit juice. Sev­eral uni­ver­sity mem­bers of the Cebu Aca­demic Net­work kindly pro­vided stu­dent vol­un­teers and ve­hi­cles. The Apostle­ship of the Sea also lent their ve­hi­cle, mo­bi­lized vol­un­teers to serve as guides. OCEANA Philip­pines promptly shared ma­te­ri­als and tum­blers. Thank you to all these con­fer­ence part­ners!

Snacks came from the Drug Re­cov­erees Liveli­hood Pro­gram of Subang­daku kindly fa­cil­i­tated for us by Ms. Nina Estenzo. She ex­plained that “as part of their rein­te­gra­tion to so­ci­ety, they are given learn­ing tools, part of which are kitchen skills for their liveli­hood and rein­te­gra­tion.” The biko they shared with the Global Con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants was the work of their hands. They have started small busi­ness from this and are given en­trepreneur­ship classes to grow their projects. Some opt for em­ploy­ment and they are also trained for that. There are also other tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tion skills they can ap­ply as well as the al­ter­na­tive learn­ing sys­tem of DepEd should they opt to go back to school.

Thank you, Ms. N and your dad and your won­der­ful group of drug re­cov­erees!

The Cebu Farm­ers' Or­ganic Mar­ket pre­pared ste­via tea and spe­cial halal, ve­gan, and veg­e­tar­ian lunch. Thank you!

Miss Grace Paulino de­serves so much thanks and credit for a very well-ap­pre­ci­ated co­or­di­nated wel­come at the air­port for our for­eign guests in for the Ubuntu Com­mit­tee meet­ing. She and Kimo also co­or­di­nated the river tour of the del­e­gates in Alonguisan. We also have to men­tion the in­valu­able as­sis­tance of Heart Rizarri of Cebu City Tourism and Lorie of Cebu City Hall. To all of them, daghang sala­mat. Our part­ners, Bimbo Fer­nan­dez, Paul Vil­larete, and Alvin Di­zon, es­pe­cially de­serve our con­tin­u­ing grat­i­tude.

We also want to thank UP Vice Pres­i­dent for Aca­demic Af­fairs, Dr. Cyn­thia Rose Ban­zon-Bautista for shar­ing her beau­ti­ful wel­come mes­sage to the con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants. Thank you also to UP Cebu Chan­cel­lor Liza Corro who sent Prof. Jon­nie Sino­gaya, Dean of Col­lege of Science, to wel­come the con­fer­ence guests. Dr. Gretchen Chavez, thank you!

Our grat­i­tude to Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo for her video mes­sage and to Bimbo Fer­nan­dez who rep­re­sented Mayor To­mas Osmeña and shared Cebu City's ex­pe­ri­ence with multi-stake­holder part­ners in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of SDGs.

Thank you to our RCE-Cebu of­fi­cers for their won­der­ful time and as­sis­tance: Ar­chi­tect Ba­jing Atega, Prof. Tess Ro­driguez, An­nie Man­zano, Zeny Tabu­canon, Hu­bert Zano­ria, Chuchi Flores-Ca­balles, and our trus­tees, Mayor Al Arquil­lano, Atty. Glo­ria Ramos, and Dr. Do­ray Bu­coy!

To all the stu­dent vol­un­teers from RCE Youth, UP Cebu, UC, and MCC, thank you for your in­valu­able pres­ence and as­sis­tance, thank you!

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