「My trip to Education for Sustainable Development Program」
I was born and raised in the Philippines and studied in a private school until second year high school. I started living in Sapporo, Japan in 2010 because of some reasons but the main reason why I am living here now is because of the excellent education of schools in Japan. From my own perspective, I see a great opportunity for students, local and international, to study to other countries. Another reason is because of the great universities Japan has. I think Japan is giving importance to education. UNESCO has been continuously giving essay writing contests a few years ago and it will last only until the year 2014. Out of all the contestants, 12 high school students would only get chosen. The winners will go to Heidelberg, Germany and Paris, France to learn and share each school’s ideas and knowledge about sustainable development. Last November of 2012, I joined a na88tional essay writing contest for all UNESCO associated schools in Japan conducted by UNESCO. My school is one of the UNESCO associated schools and I decided to give it a try. The topic that was needed to be written was about “What can you do to make a sustainable future”. I was excited to write my essay. The first thing that came into my mind was the child poverty problems we have in the Philippines. As a child, I always see children who can’t go to school, can’t be provided by nice and clean clothes and can’t get anything enough to eat. Frankly to say, I can’t do anything. What can I do? I was only a child. I knew what it feels like to see them in that situation and I knew what it feels like to be guilty because I can’t do anything for them. This was my inspiration while I was writing my essay. It did matter to me if I get chosen because it would be my first step as an individual to help future generations stop from suffering in poverty. A few months later, the results were out and my essay was chosen. I went to German and French schools to learn more about the things they do for the environment and for the society. The best part was our visit to the main branch of UNESCO in Paris. It was very inspiring and educational. Now that I’m back here in Sapporo, I am currently working on how to implement what I’ ve learned. I am quite busy with all the things that I have learned from the Education for Sustainable program but I know it’s a great shot to give a try. This will be for preparing me to combat poverty as an adult someday. This is also for the people, especially for the children who are suffering in poverty around the world.