Enderun Colleges Engages the Youth in SDG
By John Santeo, INK
“Enderun can become the hub for Sustainable Development Goals. We envision an Enderun where not only our faculty and staff but also our students can proficiently speak about SDGs and be involved in the SDG campaign,” With these words, Sarah Navarro punctuates the meaning of Sustainable Development Goals in the Enderun environment. Ms Navarro heads the Department of Saemaul Studies and Economic Development (DSSED).
Last November 2016, the Enderun Colleges, through the Office of the President and the DSSED, launched the Youth SDG Competition. Enderun seeks to engage the youth, particularly the senior high students, in building awareness and commitment to the UN sustainable development goals.
“Why the youth?” Ms. Joselle Feliciano, Executive Assistant to the President, asks, “Because they are the ‘next in line,’ and by 2030, they will run the world so in anticipation of the industries they will get into later, it is essential that they align their goals today towards fulfilling the SDGs.”
The participation of DSSED’s in promoting UN goals is even more relevant since the UN has selected Korea’s Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement) as an SDG model.
Enderun’s Youth SDG Competition is a social media campaign in video format aimed at localizing SDGs and involving young people. Senior high school students nationwide were invited.
Above and beyond the honor they will bring to their schools, top contestants could win an all-expense-paid trip to South Korea and a total of 35 thousand pesos’ worth of Gift Certificates.
The Enderun 2017 Youth SDG Summit will be on February 22, 2017, Wednesday, at The Tent, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The summit has a lineup of activities to provide in-depth understanding of the SDGS, and information as to what kind of programs development agencies are running and how students can get involved.
Enderun students are encouraged to seize this opportunity to network with specialists from the United Nations agencies, the Asian Development Bank, the AIESEC International, and the National Economic Development Authority. It’s a rare chance to get exposure to possible international careers.