Look back to our humble beginnings ~
On December 15, 2010, Ten Organizations in the Philippines were accredited as UNESCO Clubs at the Summit Lounge of the Department of Foreign Affairs Building in Pasay City. These accredited organizations decided to establish an association that could coordinate and sustain all UNESCO accredited clubs in the Philippines. They created the National Association of UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines (NAUCP) Inc.
On May 07, 2011, NAUCP formally acquired its legal personality when it obtained its accreditation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It hopes to become a member of the Asia Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (AFUCA) and the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA). It has conducted a three-day capacity building activity for NAUCP members in Baler, Aurora last February 18 - 20, 2011 which was hosted by the Provincial Employment, Sports, Culture and Arts for Youth Development Office (PESCAYDO) and the Provincial Government of Aurora.
The impressive milestone of the Association was strengthened with its Annual Assembly that first happened at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) Conference Center in Tagaytay City on March 1-3, 2012 entitled National Innovation Conference on Education (NICE) with the theme “Preparing the Filipino Youth for Decent Jobs and Better Lives.” It fostered new partnerships and developed innovative solutions with the goal of solving education gaps in policy and practice specifically on the issue of skills developments so that the Filipino youth will have decent jobs and better lives in the future.
Since NAUCP followed the thrusts and ideals of UNESCO, the organization put efforts in promoting and understanding cultural and heritage sites in the Philippines where they first launched in 2012 the World Heritage Education and Encounter (WHEN) Philippines. They visited different cultural and heritage sites in the Philippines such as the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (October 10-13, 2012), the Historic Town of Vigan (October 18-20, 2012), and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (October 25-27, 2018). The organization spearheaded this project on UNESCO World Heritage Education considering the organization’s sufficient amount of educational materials regarding the topic.
The association stands with United Nations in celebrating different special days for humanity. Last December 14-16, 2012, NAUCP in partnership with Go! Ahon Pilipinas, the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and National Youth Commission (NYC) celebrated the International Day of Volunteers entitled Make A Difference (MAD) Camp with the theme “Discovering the Leader in You,” at Baao Central School, Baao, Camarines Sur. It was able to deepen awareness and understanding of becoming a youth leader; developed outstanding leadership skills and talents through relevant contests and activities, and promoted networking and collaboration across all sectors and levels to improve communication and interpersonal skills.
In line with the celebration of the 2013 UN International Year of Water Cooperation, the NAUCP conducted the 2nd NICE last January 26 - 29, 2013 in Calamba, Laguna with the theme, “Water Education: Developing Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Future.” The association considered its role as a contributor in achieving the realization of the then 2015 UN Millennium Development Goals.
The Regional Innovation Conference on Education (RICE) adopted this strategy to widen its membership and establish a more profound and stable presence in the different regions of the country. This provided an avenue to synchronize and synergize UNESCO Club initiatives and celebrate their individual and collective efforts. RICE 2013 tackled issues unique to different regions and work on solutions tailored to the local settings.
In 2013, NAUCP in partnership with the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines and the Local Government of Taguig spearheaded the International Youth Development Summit (IYDS 2013) on 27th- 29th day of September 27-29 at the Taguig City University. With the theme, “My Philippines, Beyond 2015: Vision, Inspiration, Transformation”, it fostered new partnerships and developed a strategic vision of a poverty-free Philippines beyond 2015 in line with the United Nations Global Survey on the previously set Millennium Development Goals.
In celebration of the International Day of Volunteers in 2013, the NAUCP, in partnership with Go! Ahon Pilipinas, the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and National Youth Commission (NYC) spearheaded the second MAD Camp last December 6-8, 2013 at the CamSur Watersports Complex, Pili, Camarines Sur. With the theme, “Conquering Leadership Challenges of the 21st Century,” The event encouraged cooperation and volunteerism by promoting relevant advocacies and campaigns. At the same time, it promoted collaboration among all sectors and levels toward a strong network of leaders and advocates towards “Making a Difference.”
In support of the 65th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the NAUCP together with Philippine Normal University - Center for Transformative Education and
Asian Network of Youth Volunteers organized the 1st International Youth and Educators Summit for Transformative Education (I-YES) last December 9-12, 2013 at the Eurotel Hotel and Convention Center, Boracay Island, Philippines. With the theme, “Mainstreaming Transformative Education in Post-2015 Rights-Based Development Agenda,” The event established the delegates’ networks and functional partnerships between youth and various institutions such as the government and non-government organizations, business, media, and the academe.
The association is committed to promoting and working with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. In 2014, NAUCP led the International Education for Sustainable Development Summer Camp (ESD Camp) last May 14 – 17 in Coron. With the theme, “Harnessing the Gains of UN Decade of Education
for Sustainable Development: Moving Forward!” ESD Camp mobilized 35 educators & youth leaders in the Asia Pacific Region to promote volunteerism among young people especially in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals beyond 2015 using ESD methodologies. The camp galvanized the collective passion of our youth for the productive pursuit of development programs for themselves, their respective countries, and the world.
The NAUCP strengthened its partnership with government institutions by conducting events aligned with their vision and mission. In 2014, the 2nd IYDS happened on September 20-23 at Atrium Hotel in Pasay City, Philippines, with the theme, “Empowering the Youth towards a Resilient and Peaceful Communities Beyond 2015.” The said event happened in partnership with the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines and the City Government of Pasay conducted.
In 2015, NAUCP focused in recognizing the awareness of UNESCO Clubs of their vital work in the grassroots, the first International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO (Y4U) last September 21-23 at University of Santo Tomas, Manila with the theme, “Gearing up for ASEAN integration towards Sustainable Development.” this event made them remember of their share in educating and fast-tracking the international efforts in a localized manner, it also invited them in re-shaping society, one community at a time.
The association head on accomplishing Education Agenda 2030, NAUCP would like to harness the pool of creative minds among its members and train them to maximize outputs with minimal resources. At the same time, this will be an opportunity to redirect activities in line with UNESCO’s thrusts, provide input to upgrade such and ensure sustainability in the long run. Hence, this UNESCO Club Project Bootcamp held last July 1-4, 2016 in Legazpi City, Albay.
The second Y4U was held at Cebu Normal University last September 20-23, 2016 with the theme, ”Championing SDGs through Grassroots Action Of, By and For All.” Two hundred and thirteen delegates from across the country and neighboring ASEAN countries were present in an engaging exchange of ideas, and building of new networks. Committee recommendations along each of UNESCO’s lines of work were crafted and adopted by the assembly.
In December 2016, Jonathan Jaime G. Guerrero, president of the National Association of Unesco Clubs in the Philippines and one of the country’s two official representatives to the World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA) Youth Seminar held at Taylor’s University in Selangor, Malaysia, said that NAUCP is more than willing to partner with various organizations in the implementation of projects that would help realize the Sustainable Development Goals.
NAUCP participated in different International events that anchored on education as the central theme of UNESCO’s line of work. UNESCO Bangkok conducted the second phase of the Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Technical Meeting and Workshop last June 27-29, 2017 at the Compass Skyview Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. Representing the Philippines were the Chairman and the President of the National Association of UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines Prof. Serafin A. Arviola Jr and Prof. Jonathan Jaime G. Guerrero, respectively; officials from the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO Mr. Rex
Ubac Jr, Programme Officer for Education, and Ms. Michelle A. Dulay, Finance officer and UNESCO Clubs Coordinator; and Ms. Mariel C. Bayangos, a representative from the Department of Education Planning Division.
The year of 2017 was one of the most treasurable in the history of the association where they conducted the 3rd Y4U that was held at Icon Hotel, Quezon City last September 1-3 with the theme, “UNESCO Clubs’ Collective Action Towards a Peaceful and Just Society.” 323 delegates from across the country and neighboring ASEAN countries were present in an engaging exchange of ideas and building of new networks.
When the association realized its strong foundation inside the country, it started building the Global Citizenship Education on its members. NAUCP organized the Global Citizenship Education for UNESCO Clubs (GCE4U) Training Workshop. The two-day workshop in each visit to UNESCO Clubs involved lectures, simulations, video presentation, community outreach, and public information campaigns in the four dimensions of GCE: Education for International Understanding, Peace Education, Human Rights Education and Education for Sustainable Development.
Since NAUCP followed the thrusts and ideals of UNESCO, the organization put efforts in promoting and understanding cultural and heritage sites in Southeast Asia countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia where they first launched the World Heritage Education and Encounter (WHEN)-ASEAN. 17 educators from the Philippines participated in the said activity. The event was composed of a courtesy call to the UNESCO organizations, visit UNESCO World heritage sites, and immersion to the culture of the countries.
The NAUCP is moving closer to becoming an official member of the Asian-Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Association (AFUCA). The chairperson and the president of NAUCP namely Prof. Serafin
A. Arviola Jr and Prof. Jonathan Jaime G. Guerrero, respectively, participated in 24th Executive Board meeting of AFUCA member countries held in Astana, Kazakhstan last July 2018.
In 2017, Ms. Cheradee Anne M. Cabanlit, PRO for Visayas represent the NAUCP to the 3rd International Conference on Global Citizenship Education spearhead by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) Bangkok Office together with Asian-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) last September 4-6 at Lotte Hotel, Namdaemun, Seoul, Republic of South Korea.
As the coordinating body of all UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines, NAUCP sent representatives to the World Heritage Camp 2018 held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia last September 2-9 with the theme “Yogyakarta: The City of Multi-Layered Heritage”. Ms. Dannah Agco from Adamson University and Mr. Marc Diego Almonicar from Philippine Normal University represent the Philippines to the said event. The event aimed to learn, understood and encouraged young generations to be actively involved in the conservation and campaign of the outstanding universal values of world heritage to the community.
Continuing the legacy in coordinating all UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines, NAUCP organized the 8th International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO last September 6-8, 2018 at Icon Hotel-Timog, Quezon City with the theme “Protecting Heritage, Fostering Creativity.” 352 delegates from across the country and neighboring ASEAN countries were present in an engaging exchange of ideas and building of new networks.
Sustaining the UNESCO’s thrust towards Global Citizenship, NAUCP in partnership with UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau Bangkok Office organized the 2nd Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Workshop for Teacher Education during the Y4U2018. It aimed to establish GCED network in the Philippines where 50 Deans and Faculty of teacher education institutions participated.
Going back to the grassroots of the association, NAUCP in partnership with St. Paul University-Cagayan organized the Bangon Luzon 2.0, an outreach program for the victims of Typhoon Ompong in Cagayan. The First Bangon Luzon happened last 2017 when Typhoon Lawin hit the Northern Luzon. This project aimed to extend assistance to the victims of the typhoon in the Aeta community, and selected schools in Northern Luzon.