28.06.2017 · Category: PSC Philippines Philippines

Education for SDGs

The SWITCH-Asia Policy Support Component (PSC) for the Philippines held an educational activity with students from elementary and high schools. More than 80 participants, including a few accompanying teachers and students belonging to grades 5 to 6 in the elementary and grades 7 and 8 in junior high school, took part to the event.

The workshop "Education for Sustainable Development Goals" was held last 24 April 2017 at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, with the objective of testing the learning module on the SDGS that was developed by the PSC team for elementary and high school students.

The event started with a preliminary introduction on the importance of protecting the environment, the meaning of the SDGs as well as the European Union, which was little known to the youth.
The main body of the workshop consisted of two activities. The first was a lecture on the SDGs based on the learning module developed by the PSC Team. The second part was an entertainmente activity where participants were asked to draw posters or logos reflecting on what they learned during the lecture.

The lecture on SDGs was conducted in Filipino language using a powerpoint presentation entitled "Mga Hangarin para sa Sustenableng Kaunlaran" (translation: Sustainable Development Goals), a sample teaching material developed by the Team. The test learning module was easily understood by the workshop participants. It was observed that the young girls were more vocal during the discussions by answering questions and sharing their views about the problems raised in the learning module.

In the second part of the workshop, an impromptu poster and logo design contest, participants were given art materials, including paper, pencils, pastel pens, water color, and paint brushes to individually draw their artistic interpretation of one or a combination of the SDGs. Aside from the 17 SDGs, the participants were also asked if they can integrate into their design any of the following Filipino values: bayanihan (mutual help), pagtitipid (being thrifty), and malasakit (caring). It was explained to the participants that these values are those that could be used in order to attain the SDGs.

Workshop participants enjoyed doing their posters or logos, and the best posters and logos were lated exhibited at a launch activity of the EU-SWITCH Project in early June 2017.

Text and photo credits: PSC Philipppines
Edited by: Silvia Sartori / SWITCH-Asia Network Facility