ASEAN and UNESCO Learning Engagement Exhibit
The Schools Division Office of San Juan City organized a learning exhibit through the Knowledge Hub Learning Engagement walkthrough that took place from May 3–12, 2023, to help school administrators, teachers, and students develop an understanding and raise awareness of the ASEAN & UNESCO frameworks and collaboration.
With the theme of “Changing Course, Transforming Education," the Schools Division Office of San Juan City exhibit featured the different ASEAN countries namely: Brunei for Salapan Elementary School, Cambodia for San Juan National High School, Indonesia for Sta. Lucia Elementary School, Laos for West Crame Elementary School, Malaysia for Pinaglabanan Elementary School, Myanmar for Pedro Cruz Elementary School, Philippines for Nicanor C. Ibuna Elementary School, Singapore for San Juan Elementary School, Thailand for San Juan City Science High School, Vietnam for San Perfecto Elementary School, Timor Leste for Kabayanan Elementary School, and UNESCO Heritage ASEAN History/ Basic facts for San Juan City Academic Senior High School.
To kick off the celebration, the National Anthem and Prayer were sung by the San Juan National High School Chorale, and the ASEAN Hymn was sung by the Beatis Mémoire, San Juan City Science High School Choir.
Dr. Jonas Feliciano C. Domingo, Learning Resources Management Section, Education Program Supervisor opened the day with an inspiring message. Shortly after, Mr. Andrew E. Tan gave a compelling introduction to the purpose and ideals of the ASEAN and UNESCO Learning Engagement Exhibit which was then followed by an engaging talk by Dr. Buenafe E. Sabado, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, who also read Dr. Margarito B. Materum, Schools Division Superintendent’s message.
After the welcome remarks, San Juan National High School Dance Troupe performed the beautiful Philippine cultural dance Janggay and Jota Quirino. Moreover, to solidify the day’s milestones, a presentation of “UNESCO Futures of Education Report: Reimagining our futures together” was given.
In her words of solidarity, Dr. Margarita Consolacion C. Ballesteros, Director IV, External Partnership, DepED, stated and declared her support. She went so far as to highlight that we are all ASEAN citizens. In order to attain unity and prosperity, one must serve as an ambassador or ambassadress.
The day’s event also included intermission numbers from the talented teachers of San Juan namely: Ms. Elijalyn D. Paclibar of West Crame Elementary School and Ms. Micah Mellorin of Pedro Cruz Elementary School who performed an ASEAN-themed song.
One of the highlights of the program was when the guests—school administrators, department heads, master teachers, teachers, and students—roamed around the exhibit and immersed themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the ASEAN nations as Beatis Mémoire, the San Juan City Science High School Choir, serenaded the crowd with music from the region. Additionally, students wore clothing representative of the allocated nations. A small festivity honoring the national costumes, cuisine, and trivia of the ASEAN member states was lauded.
Mr. Melchor M. Odi and Ms. Fran Cathleen P. Castillo served as the masters of ceremony, both from San Juan City Science High School. This event would not have been possible if not for the leadership of the Araling Panlipunan Supervisor Mr. Orlando P. Claor.
To sum, the DepED San Juan City Araling Panlipunan Knowledge Hub: ASEAN and UNESCO Learning Engagement Exhibit was geared toward a relevant, inclusive, and genuinely transformative pursuit of learning. The collaboration was anchored toward development, student mobility, and development efforts aimed at strategizing for the advancement of the learning of the students and encouraging awareness of the ASEAN & UNESCO frameworks.
Article Written by:
Ms. Fran Cathleen P. Castillo
San Juan City Science High School - Teacher I
Mrs. Maria Corazon G. Ocampo
San Juan City Science High School - Teacher II