SLU launched the Hikwatan Ecological Integrity Program – a commitment for climate change action in response to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Laudato Si and is acknowledged by the Vatican’s Dicastery.
Hikwatan, an Ifugao term that means “Cleaning”, is a program that emphasizes environmental awareness and the importance of ecological processes to understand the fragility of our environment and the importance of its protection. Promoting environmental awareness is an easy way for parents and school personnel to become an environmental steward, and participate in creating a brighter future for our children.
James Burke, PhD, Co-Leader for Coordinating Commitments of the Vatican’s Dicastery described Hikwatan as a sophisticated program and suggested that SLU should enroll the program in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP).
In addition, the Education International – Teach For The Planet, a program under UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development, United Nations Climate Change, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and GlobalTeachingInsights also acknowledge the said program earlier this year.