Dr. Ruben L. Abucayon, CED faculty member and Educational Media Center Coordinator, was elected to the Board of the Philippine Chapter of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction(WCCI). The Council held its 25th National Convention at the Colegio San Juan de Letran in Intramuros, Manila last May 4-6, 2011.

The convention, carrying the theme “Defining Democracy, Freedom, and Entrepreneurship in an Asian-Pacific Context,” aimed to encourage, facilitate, and strengthen collaboration in curriculum and instruction projects in the areas of democracy and entrepreneurship. These areas relate to peace education and to other academic interests.

The meet sought to inspire active involvement in existing programs, projects, and initiatives towards democracy and entrepreneurship to expand networking in the Asian-Pacific region.

Bro. Armin B. Luistro, Dept. of Education Secretary who delivered the keynote address, led the plenary among other distinguished speakers: WCCI International President Dr. Ismael Hakki Mirici, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey; Dr. Vincent Shieh, National Kaoshiung Normal University, Taiwan; WCCI International Executive Director Dr. Estela Matriano, Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA; and, Dr. Sandor Klein, University of Pecs, Hungary. Other speakers were: Dr. Vicky Garchitorena, Vice President, Ayala Foundation Inc.; Mr. Michael Lee, General Manager, Marks Manufacturing Company; and Ms. Katrina Aniag, Assistant Manager, C & K Handicrafts.

Participants shared their action researches, case studies, and best practices. Special Interest Groups and Networking sessions were organized to foster collaboration and linkages among teachers here and abroad.

CED faculty members Dr. Ruben L. Abucayon and Dr. Rizalina G. Gomez together with Mercilita Labial, faculty member of Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City, shared the best practices in integrating ICT in education.

A tour of the walled city and a banquet capped the WCCI International 40th Anniversary that featured excerpts from the sarswela “Walang Sugat” performed by the Tanghalang Ateneo.

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