MANILA, Philippines – The most awaited theme is finally out.
The official theme of the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) 2018 is “Embracing ASEAN Integration: Campus journalists’ role in advancing inclusive education”.
Mark Bercando of the Department of Education’s (DepED) Bureau of Curriculum Development confirmed to Rappler that the 2018 NSPC will acknowledge the vital role of the campus journalist in promoting comprehensive education for all.
ASEAN (or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Integration aims to build a successful and more united ASEAN that has concrete effects on the lives of individuals.
Ten Southeast Asian countries – the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam – want to improve the lives of their citizens. ASEAN integration makes it quicker to achieve these goals by working together, rather than individually. (READ: Why you should care about ASEAN integration)
A 2015 study of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) projected that ASEAN integration will generate about 14 million jobs from 2010 to 2025. (READ: PH needs to boost skills training to gain from ASEAN integration)
Asean integration is expected to be the central topic of young aspiring campus journalists competing in their different categories.
Dubbed the Olympics of Campus Journalism, NSPC is set to gather the best student-journalists in the country. The 2018 leg of the DepED-led program will be held in Dumaguete City on Februray 19-23. (READ: #NSPC2017: A thousand stories of hard work, hope, and excellence) – Rappler.com