DepEd Region I Joins JENESYS 2015 Program

San Fernando City, La Union – “Joining the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Program is interesting and beneficial as it helps develop the socio-cultural skills of students. Through the JENESYS Program the students can share our own culture while learning the different cultures of Japan. The more Japanese cultures the students learn the more they can appreciate our own culture.”

These were underscored by Ms. Juliet A. Estrada, Master Teacher II, Juan G. Macaraeg National High School (JGMNHS), Binalonan, Pangasinan as reasons why the school encouraged students to participate in the program.

Estrada assisted the schools’ 14 Grade 10 student-applicants who underwent an interview conducted by the Department of Education Regional Office 1 (DepEd-RO1) on Dec. 29, 2015 to determine their qualifications.

The students, on the other hand, stated that they will do their best to meet and pass all the requirements to pursue their dreams. According to them the program is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where they can learn how to speak Japanese language, establish better relationships, and learn and understand Japanese cultures. Above all, with the assistance of the DepEd Region I the group wanted to prove that Filipinos are globally competitive.

To promote mutual trust among the people of Japan and strengthen global understanding of the Japanese society, history, diverse culture, politics, and foreign policy, the Japanese Government, through the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and Japanese Embassy in Manila, established partnerships with the DepEd for the successful implementation of the program.

The DepEd will send 31 high school students and one teacher supervisor who will represent the Philippines. The JENESYS 2015 exchange program will be held in Tokyo Japan on Feb. 3 – 9, 2016.