CPU & ANS launch the 3rd Knowledge for Dev’t Center Nook in Region VI

Jason Pagunsan/ PNS

Central Philippine University (CPU) and Antique National School (ANS) formalized their partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of the 3rd Knowledge for Development Center (KDC) nook at ANS.

The CPU-ANS KDC Nook, housed at the ANS Library, has received books and audiovisual materials from the CPU KDC.

The CPU-KDC, which set up the KDC Nook in ANS, is a knowledge sharing partnership between the World Bank and CPU. The KDC is an information center and a hub for dialogues and partnerships for development. It promotes –

· research about development issues and the World Bank;

· learning from the community through dialogues, forums, consultations, and knowledge sharing sessions; and

· building partnerships with government, private sector, academe, youth and civil society.

Knowledge-sharing sessions hosted by the CPU KDC focus on the areas of good governance, community health, environmental management, sustainable agriculture, and youth education. The ANS KDC nook focus areas are environment and education.

The CPU KDC was launched in September 2008. It regularly receives books and audiovisual materials from World Bank (www.worldbank.org.ph) and its partner organizations. There is free access to the virtual library and videoconferencing equipment using the recently-upgraded 2mbps internet connection. Assistive devices for persons with disabilities are likewise available. (For more on the CPU KDC, please log on to www.cpu.edu.ph/kdc)

Department of Education (Dep Ed) Assistant Schools Division Superintendent for Antique Dr. Victor de Gracia, CPU President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles and World Bank Public Information Associate, Ms. Moira Enerva gave messages of support during the launching program. Ms Enerva stressed the importance of access to knowledge and information as a step in ensuring that no one is left behind in growth and development. ANS Officer-in-Charge Mr. Teodoro M. Marzona gave the opening remarks. San Jose Mayor Rony L. Molina, in his welcome remarks, expressed appreciation for the KDC nook partnership. CPU Director for Libraries Prof. Victory Dionio discussed the rationale of the project. Ms. Ana Mae Bantad, CPU KDC Librarian conducted an orientation. The program was attended by teachers and students of ANS, administrators and KDC committee members of CPU, and officials of the Municipality of San Jose .

The CPU-ANS KDC Nook is open from Monday to Friday, 7:30am -12 noon and 1pm- 5pm.