NAUCP attends 3rd Int’l Conference on GCED in South Korea
By Engr. Cheradee Ann M. Cabanlit | PRO for Visayas
Global Citizenship Education (GCED) has been one of the driving forces of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 4 of Quality Education, precisely item 7, which states that “by 2030, ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustain- able development, including among others through education for sustain- able development and sustainable life- styles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.” This statement has been the talk of the entire 2-day conference.
The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) Bangkok Office, together with the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), conducted the “3rd Inter- national Conference about Global Citizenship Education: Platform on Ped- agogy and Practice” last September 5-6, 2018 at Lotte Hotel, Namdaemun, Seoul, Republic of South Korea. A day before the said conference, September 4, 2018, UNESCO Bangkok conducted a “Meeting on Preparing Teachers for Global Citizenship Education: Updates and Future Plans” at Courtyard Marriott Seoul Namdaemun Hotel, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
The meeting was participated by the different countries such as Philip- pines, Japan, Malaysia, India, Sri Lan- ka, Thailand, and South Korea. The representatives from the Philippines during the meeting were Rex Ubac, Jr. (Program Officer of Philippines National Commission for UNESCO), Josefina Escueta (Philippines National Commission for UNESCO), Bert Jazmin Tuga (Vice President for University Relations and Advancement, Philippine Normal University), Christine Joy Mamuyac, (Social Development Staff of National Economic and Development Authority), Mark Drew Elepaño (School Principal, Centro Escolar Las Piñas), Marcia Corazon Rico (Bicol University) and Cheradee Ann Cabanlit (Public Relations Officer, National Association of UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines). The representatives of each country were able to present their activities or practices regarding GCED, the challenges they have encountered, critical lessons learned, and their plans. The meeting became a form of benchmarking by different countries, especially to practices that can be applied to other countries like Malaysia’s project module type.
The next day after the meeting was the International Conference which started with opening addresses from Kim Sang-kon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Republic of
UNESCO, Lila Shahani.
It was then followed by plenary session 1 (Special session): GCED in the context of the Korean peninsula— its contribution to peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts. On the same day, Plenary Session 2 (Townhall meeting): GCED –Taking it local was also conducted.
After the two plenary sessions, concurrent sessions were made. Session A was about UNESCO Bangkok Office case presentations, Session B was case presentations of KOSEIU and JAIE, and Session C was a workshop. The day ended with plenary session 3: GCED Play.
The second day started with opening remarks from Chung Utak, Director of APCEIU, followed by welcoming remarks by the Ambassador for Public Diplomacy of Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Korea. Then the congratulatory remarks from Leonor Briones, Secretary of Department of Education, Philippines, and Shigeru Aoyagi, Director of UNESCO Bangkok Office.
Plenary Session 4 was about GCED talks. Dr. Leonor Briones, Secretary of Department of Education, Philippines, was one of the speakers. Concurrent Session 2 was about Rootdown GCED firmly with session A about policy guide and curriculum development, session B on winners of global citizens, and session C was an- another workshop. The last concurrent session 3 was about using ICT in teaching GCED and taking it to community level.
Common challenges encountered are on finance, pedagogy itself, teach- er’s commitment to training and im- implementation and actual practice of GCED to classrooms. Although a battle of whether make GCED a sole subject or embedded in all subjects is still on for discussion. Overall, the conference has added to my basic knowledge about
Korea and Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea. Stefania Giannini then gave congratulatory addresses, Assistant Director-General for Education of UN- ESCO and Ban Ki-moon ,the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations address by Chung Utak, Director of APCEIU. A keynote speech was delivered by Moon Chung- in, Special Advisor to the President for Foreign Affairs and National Security & Distinguished University Professor of Yonsei University. The same representatives from yesterday’s meeting attended the international conference together with the Secretary-General of the Philippine National Commission for global citizenship.
As an educator, to teach children to become global citizens, we too shall consider ourselves as one and as a NAUCP member We, too, shall put GCED by heart to serve communities who do not learn GCED in the classroom. As one speaker from the conference said, GCED shall be by mind, heart, and hand – mind to acquire knowledge about GCED, heart to value its significance and hand to take actions on what we think in mind and believe by heart.