lucena as a lifelong learning city

this september, ed and i are working to get lucena as a lifelong learning city. i am on weekly trips to lucena and have invested time in gathering data for a migration and development study charito basa and i are doing for IIED. with the image of a learning city, i realized that migrants are a major force in educating cities and so wrote a proposal with ed.

the koreans have their first class learning city and ed went to visit it. ed was impressed with what he saw and learned (read his blogs on lifelong learning in korea, http://edicio.wordpress.com) and so asked me to engage lucena leaders in the project. within three days, i discussed the brainchild with benilda villenas, dean of arts and sciences, enverga university. she was excited with the proposal and got felix mercado and mignon tan to schedule the October workshop for lifelong learning. these three educators will organize the enverga university lifelong learning society and hopefully engage lucena leaders become active in launching the project.

i also talked with azucena ortiz romulo, head of lucena city college and former superintendent of DepEd Region IV public schools. she liked the idea and will involve the city committee education head Felix Abillo and the city administration team Diony Rodolfa, Leny Papa and Ofel Salazar Garcia. am hoping they will embrace the notion before the deadline in Brazil for the congress of educating cities. the idea is to get Lucena lgu and academe leaders to declare it is a learning city. with its rich learning experiences, i am sure we will get to inspire all to be the first Philippine city with a lifelong learning policy.

in the next blogs, i will share my personal scan of lucena learning culture and ask readers to contribute what they know so that it becomes participatory.

sigue, lets learn together to be one great community.

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