Press Release
January 30, 2013

Legarda: Senate concurs in ratification of treaty establishing UNESCO Learning Center for sustainable dev't

Senator Loren Legarda today celebrated the Senate's concurrence in the ratification of the agreement between the Philippine government and the UNESCO to establish the Southeast Asian Center for Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development (SEA CLLSD) in the country.

"The establishment of the SEA CLLSD envisions the creation of an educational framework that works for sustainable development. It seeks to develop and provide appropriate learning programs, which aim to benefit the marginalized, the disadvantaged, and the under-served members of the population, including our indigenous peoples, our out-of-school youth and our non-literate adults," she said.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said that broadly defined in UNESCO parlance, lifelong learning encompasses formal, non-formal, and informal modes of providing education to learners, with the end view of empowering people of all ages to become responsible for their surroundings and for them to strive for a sustainable environment.

She added that the Center provides the Philippines an opportunity for technical exchanges, collaboration and cooperation with its neighbors in the area of lifelong education for sustainability.

"Through this, we are able to share, compare, and learn from one another's practices and experiences. We can expect to continuously renew, improve and innovate on our learning and education systems to serve the higher goals of social development and sustainability," Legarda concluded.

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