By: Kristine Ann M. Fernandez
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines (NAUCP), Inc. named a Senior Nutrition and Dietetics student as one of the seven National Outstanding Youth Leaders Awardees of 2012 in the college students’ category.
Silliman’s first NAUCP Outstanding Youth Leader, Retz Pol Pacalioga, will attend the awarding ceremony and the 2nd Annual Convention of NAUCP this Jan. 26-29 in Calamba, Laguna.
Pacalioga said that his award is a result of his discipline, patience and passion towards his activities that focus on the advocacy on food security since he is exposed to rural places where there are malnourished children.
“If given the time…maybe after I graduate I will do them [plans on
applying the things I’m about to learn in the conference] since I am planning
to volunteer for United Nations (UN),” Pacalioga said.
In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation and Education for All, the convention’s theme will focus on water education. This will target UN’s 7th Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on ensuring environmental sustainability.
Pacalioga is one of the approximately 700 educational leaders, researchers, policy-makers, pioneering practitioners, youth leaders and industry-experts from all over the country who will participate in the conference. The convention aims to gather these participants to discuss teaching approaches to water issues, showcase youth skills to help achieve water-related-UN MDG, facilitate networking among participants and convene all accredited UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines to plan strategies and programs for water education.
Some of the conference topics include assessing basic education to achieve water-related MDG, developing programs, pedagogy, curricula and materials on water education, and the role of Sangguniang Kabataan.
Pacalioga represents Renaissance Youth Leaders Forum – a UNESCO accredited
organization in Silliman University.