With the onset of #Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Philippines adheres the four dimensions of sustainable development to achieve the basic needs of the present without destroying the future. These are the economic, social, environment and good governance. By 2030, all participating countries should have ended poverty in all its forms.
In connection to this, the Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers, Inc. (PAEPI- Global) recently hosted 3rd International convention and annual convention themed:
“Literacy Programs: Approaches, Strategies and Practices toward Holistic and Sustainable Community Engagements”
This was held at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman, Quezon City with participants from different schools across the Philippines shared there best practices in implementing extension programs through different approaches. The convention was also attended by its partner agency Tennessee Renewable Energy #Economic Development Council (TREEDC).
Some of the participants includes University of Rizal System, Northwest Samar State University, San Beda College, Philippine Normal University, Central Mindanao University, and Romblon State University. (Sorry if I forgot to mention other SUCs).
The conference had two plenary speakers who both successfully shared insights on literacy and how it affects sustainable development and people empowerment.
Nowadays, its is very important that people should be literate not just through reading and writing but also on how to comprehend and deal with other people.
Prof. Brent Jones shared that teachers should encourage students to internalize the lessons in the class. What I learned from his presentation was, “to be an effective teacher: we should know the level of understanding or comprehension of the students, and provide the necessary intervention to it.”
From a Flow Theory, if a teachers fails to know the level of understanding (IQ level) the student will either be bored with the topic because they are fast learners or students may have a problem on digesting the topic because they are below average.
Please follow the presentation below to know more about the flow theory he was referring to.
The international conference continues with parallel sessions with four categories: Livelihood and Business, Education, Technology and Health and Environment.
Papers presented were scrutinized to have a best paper in each category based on the following criteria:
- How the project considered the relevant context of its target beneficiaries? (needs assessments, community resources and social milieu)
- How the project empower its beneficiaries be it transfer of skills and valuable knowledge, capacity building and long-term personal and social development? (project interventions, strategies and methods)
- How innovative, effective and relevant the concepts, models and paradigms applied in the project?
- How the project improved the quality of life to its target beneficiaries? (Impact and indicators of success)
- How sustainable is the program and how it contributes to the attainment of self-reliance for its beneficiaries (How sustainable is the project and are there Sustainability plans)
According to the PAEPI- Global, Vice President “Everybody wins,” through sharing their best practices in reaching out the communities. As an academician and educators; it was noted that its not about competition, its about extension – extending our help to the communities. But to have a more fruitful intellectual discourse, still best paper presenters were chosen.
Some of the best practices includes
Sustainable community development through Participatory Rural Appraisal
Digital Literacy for Barangay Secretaries
Kapit Bisig Tayo : Mess to Riches
Business Management Training-Seminar for Basey Tikog Workers Federation Leaders in Basey, Samar
Community Based Eco-tourism
Strengthening Resiliency of Romblon Rainfed and Upland Rice Farming Communities to #Climate Change
Restoration of Mt. Asog through rainforestation and agrosilvipasture approach in Iriga City
School Based and Holistic approach in fighting against malnutrition in Odiongan Southcentral School
Empowering Calamity Stricken Communities Through I.T. Training programs
The conference ended with big hopes that through sharing of the best practices, planning for publication in journals and linkage, the organization will reach more and achieve more of its goals in the near future.
Well, now that we have 17 Sustainable Development Goals, let us continue to support and extend our best efforts to achieve it through research and extension.
God bless PAEPI- Global!!!
God bless extension implementers!!!