A Philippine school from Negros Occidental won second place in the recent 2012 Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award for its Disaster Education Program.
The Iliranan Elementary School in Barangay Codcod, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental bested entries from the Southeast Asian countries – Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Led by its Principal, Gary P. Magnanao, the school is located in an upland barangay at the foot of Mt. Kanlaon where most of the sitios are part of the Mt. Kanlaon National Park, making them vulnerable to volcanic eruption and landslide.
Iliranan Elementary School, was also awarded as one of the ASEAN Eco-Friendly Schools on July 17, 2012, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
First place went to State High School No. 1 of Kungyangon, Myanmar and the third place went to MIN Jejeran (Jejeran State Islamic Elementary School) of Indonesia.
A Special Prize from the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. for the best Disaster Risk Reduction activity carried out in small schools of less than 150 students went to Wat Soumpouathong School, Thailand. The award ceremonies will be held at the SEAMEO High Officials Meeting in Thailand this month.
The SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award was organized by the SEAMEO and the Ministry of Education,Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan, in cooperation with UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
The Award is held every year to promote and share best practices in ESD in schools around Southeast Asia.