28.06.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO provides major updates for the “Better Life for Out-Of-School Girls” Project

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UNESCO Office, Jakarta’s ‘Better Life for Out of School Girls to Fight Against Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines’ project implemented together with the Philippine Government’s Department of Education with financial support from KOICA has its overall goal of contributing to improve quality of life for girls living in poverty. The project is piloted in Tacloban City and of its vicinity in Leyte, Philippines.

This project commenced its implementation in July 2017 and has carried out its work plan of activities of providing life-significant learning opportunities. Thus enabling out-of-school girls and learners at risk of dropping out to develop individual capacities not only in basic skills for daily living such as reading, writing and counting, but also in essential life skills for their better future as the main objective of the project.

Within the framework of the project, a Project Management Committee (PMC) and a Project Steering Committee (PSC) were appointed to support its well-coordinated implementation with the Department of Education, Philippines. Functionally, the Project Management Committee (PMC) was established to provide professional technical advices and guidance to the implementation of the project. On the other hand, the Project Steering Committee (PSC) provides oversight and strategic role as well as guidance to the project with high-level officials as co-chairpersons as representatives from UNESCO Office, Jakarta; Department of Education, Philippines; and, KOICA Philippine, Office.

On 7th June 2018, the PSC and the PMC meetings were organized and attended by the co-chairpersons and members of each committee held at the Meeting Room of the Bureau of Curriculum Development of the Department of Education in Pasig City, Philippines. The objectives of both meetings are to: 1) provide status updates on the implementation of the project; 2) present the upcoming activities; 3) discuss and solicit inputs and guidance on implementation of project activities from co-chairpersons and members of both committees; and 4) discuss strategic implementation strategies to optimize project results and impact.

The PMC meeting was held in the morning and attended by over 18 participants which comprise the committee chairperson, members or their representatives, observers and the secretariat. The meeting was chaired by Atty. Fiel Almendra, Assistant Regional Director of DepEd Regional Office VIII, on behalf of Dr. Ramir Uytico, the Regional Director and PMC Chairperson.

One of the major agreements in the PMC meeting is the creation of core group comprised of focal persons from relevant offices (bureaus and services) at DepEd Central Office. This core group will ensure a timely implementation of the project through a regular meeting with UNESCO Manila Project Office to address pressing implementation issues and concerns.

Meanwhile, the PSC meeting followed the PMC meeting in the afternoon with more than 16 attendees composed of committee co-chairperson, members, observers and the secretariat. This meeting was co-chaired by Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Jakarta Office and Representative to the Philippines; Ms. Miriam Coprado, Chief of Project Development Division, Project Management Service, on behalf of Assistant Secretary Revsee Escobedo of DepEd, and Ms. Paik Seunghwa, Assistant Country Director on behalf of Mr. Myung Seop Shin of KOICA Philippine Office. The highlights of both meetings were the presentation of the progress and achievements made as well as planned activities and challenges encountered in the implementation which were discussed thoroughly. Ideas, suggestions, and recommendations were generated as part of the actionable steps on the way forward to facilitate and enhance implementation of project activities.

At the PSC meeting in particular, the Co-Chairpersons of the meeting conveyed significant words. Ms. Miriam Coprado conveyed her appreciation to UNESCO and KOICA for the productive meeting and very pleased that what’s needed to be raised are discussed in the meeting. Also, Ms. Seunghwa Paik said that they are always interested to know the key findings of the meetings and appreciated their participation and thanked UNESCO for sharing information on the progress of the Project through the meeting.

Prof. Shahbaz further conveyed that the meeting achieved its goal and extended his appreciation to all the attendees. He remarked that key to performing each one’s role is having the highest accountability in ensuring the success of the Project. He emphasized that it is important to have goodwill and support and that frequent contact and conversations should be undertaken as he said, “it is not easy to implement a more complex undertaking”.

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