21.09.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Meets with Philippines’ Department of Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones

UNESCO and the Philippines’ Department of Education (DepED) held a meeting on 6 September 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

During the meeting, Dr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General (ADG) for Education together with Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative, Jakarta Office lead the delegation from UNESCO while H. E. Dr. Leonor Magtolis Briones, Secretary lead the  delegation from Philippines’ Department of Education. 

UNESCO conveyed its sincere appreciation to H. E. Dr. Leonor Magtolis Briones for the continued cooperation and partnership of the Department of Education in various activities in the Philippines. In response, H. E. Dr. Leonor Magtolis Briones expressed her kind appreciation on behalf of the Department of Education for continued support and partnership of UNESCO particularly in enhancing the education system of the Philippines. 

UNESCO briefed the Honorable Secretary and her delegation of the recently concluded initiatives in the Philippines particularly in the field of climate change education for sustainable development and post-disaster psychosocial intervention among secondary school students as well as the ongoing and proposed initiatives on early childhood care and development, alternative learning system, girls education and disaster risk reduction and resilience mainstreaming. 

The Honorable Secretary was elated and expressed appreciation to UNESCO for particularly embarking in an initiative on alternative learning system (ALS) in the Philippines. It is because ALS is currently one of the primary thrust of the government especially with the out of school children such as those in the drug rehabilitation centres.

The Honorable Secretary also conveyed to UNESCO that the Department of Education is currently embarking on various initiatives aimed to address pressing educational issues such as culturally relevant education, school infrastructures and illegal migrant children education among others. She took keen interest in particular on UNESCO's global citizenship education and how it can be integrated in the Department of Education curriculum. 

The ADG for Education shared that UNESCO has Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development based in New Delhi, India and Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding based in Seoul, South Korea that is specially working in the field of global citizenship, peace education and education for sustainable development. He also conveyed that UNESCO is committed in supporting the Government of the Philippines in its best capacity in enhancing its education system. 

The meeting concluded with high note of assurances from both institutions to further deepen the cooperation, partnership and mutual support particularly in the field of education to reached the Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education by 2030. 

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