Youth from different villages in Upper Pulangi in Bukidnon and students enrolled in the training course on construction carpentry worked together to complete the carpentry shed, the large classroom, the gabion installation, the rehabilitation of the hydro-generator and the electrical rewiring as part of their learning practicum, with supervision and guidance from local skilled staff and the management team of the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC).
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This Hulas Furniture Carpentry Course of Tuen hu Uyag is a four-week training course and is an institutional collaboration between the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) and Pusat Pengembangan dan Pelatihan Industri Kayu (PIKA), a Jesuit vocational school for woodworking technology in Semarang, Indonesia.
Asia Pacific is home to 45% of the world’s youth, amounting to around 700 million young people (UNESCAP, 2012). Significant numbers of youth across the region face a variety of obstacles in their access to employment, education, health care, and other resources. Transition between education and employment is one of the main obstacles facing youth of the region, especially those from Southeast Asia and Pacific. Youth often remain at the margins with regard to participation in the creation of development policies.
Sustainability science from the mountains: The Bendum Ecology and Culture Center in Mindanao, Philippines
Pedro Walpole of Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) will be speaking at the UNESCO workshop on Sustainability Science in Kuala Lumpur, this 4th and 5th April. In this article, Pedro shares his thoughts on Sustainability Science and its importance in the context of ESSC’s work with rural communities in Mindanao.
The challenge is to learn from contrasting situations in Asia as to the social and environmental strategies for engaging communities. In ecosystems throughout Asia, socially acceptable systems are sought where governments were previously more focused on commercial and private rights. There is a long term need to engage communities and support them in building their capacity to manage resources.
The global importance of forests and fear of any further widespread conversion impacting on climate and biodiversity is acknowledged internationally and cannot be ignored or afforded by the Philippines. Sustainability carries multiple and varied assumptions and people feel that any further change is loss as the stability of the natural system implicitly defines sustainability. Yet contradictions occur in society. Large scale exploitation of resources is for many economically evident and a must, while indigenous people practicing swidden is unacceptable. For others, the reverse is arguable. Sustainability is the balancing of change so that resources can be accessed while ecological services sustained and must include social and cultural equity.