On 3-5 February 2019, faculty and staff of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) attended the 5th RP - Japan International Workshop – Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Twinning for Sustainable Development held at Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.
The participants from UPOU for the said conference were: Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Information Office Director and ISMTP Technical Working Committee Member, Dr. Consuelo dL. Habito, FMDS-UPOU MENRM Program Chair, Dr. Sherry B, Marasigan, FED-UPOU Affiliate Faculty, Asst. Prof. Aurora V. Lacaste, University Registrar and Ms. Luisa A. Gelisan, Multimedia Center Director.
The presentations from the UPOU team focused on sustainable development in relation to projects that the university has been involved in since 2012 like the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP), the Youth for Ifugao Rice Terraces (#Y4IRT) and the UPOU-UP Rural High School Capstone Project.
Dr. Habito, a member of the #Y4IRT project, discussed “The Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and e-Learning of Ifugao Youths”. Her study aimed to identify the digital literacy level, social media usage and perception of the respondents on e-learning. As a result, most of the respondents are generally knowledgeable in using basic/ common digital tools like computers and tablets and are familiar with the use of search engines, browsers and photo editing programs. As for their social media usage, respondents uses Facebook, Google and Youtube respectively.
Dr. Serrano shared about “Developing Learning Resources for a Tablet-based Youth Capacity Building Program: Initiatives, Constraints, and Potentials.” She discussed about the views of the developers and stakeholders of the learning resources. The course writes/developers stated that it fosters collaboration, innovation of ideas and validation of concepts. With regards to the use of tablets for capacity building, stakeholders pointed out that it can facilitate learning and can be easily disseminated but constraints like other responsibilities and the possibility of being distracted by other apps should be noted.
Ifugao Youth’s Views on the Use of Video Ethnography to Promote and Preserve their Cultural Heritage and Identity” by Ms. Luisa Gelisan;
Challenges and Considerations in the Implementation of a Collaborative Project” by Asst. Prof. Aurora Lacaste is about the collaborative project between UP Open University adn UP Rural High School called a capstone project.
A Glimpse of the Ifugao Rice Terraces Culture: Through the Eyes of the Urban Youth by Dr. Sherry B. Marasigan is about documenting the experiences of urban youths in the #Y4IRT exchange program, making sense of the Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT) culture and understanding their perceptions on conservation and preservation of IRT culture. The activity was seen by the urban youths as a good exercise to appreciate what they have in life after being in Ifugao and their insights provided an opportunity for the Ifugao youth to appreciate the Rice Terraces.
Attendees of the workshop were faculty, staff, students, researchers and local government representatives from Kanazawa University (KU), UP Open University, Ifugao State University, United Nations University, United Nations University Operating Unit Ishikawa / Kanazawa (UNU-OUIK), Noto Prefecture and Suzu City. The workshop was organized by Kanazawa University and the Ifugao-GIAHS Support Committee (IGSC)NDSAlazada