La­guna schools in­te­grate or­ganic agri, nutri­tion and cli­mate change con­cepts in cur­ric­ula

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THE CON­CEPTS of or­ganic agri­cul­ture, nutri­tion, and cli­mate change were in­te­grated in les­son plans un­der the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) cur­ricu­lum for Grade 4 at five elementary schools and Grade 7 at one high school in La­guna.

The in­te­gra­tion was car­ried out by 36 heads and teach­ers of the six schools that are part of the Par­tic­i­pa­tory Ac­tion Re­search on School- and Com­mu­nity-Based Food and Nutri­tion Pro­gram for Lit­er­acy, Poverty Re­duc­tion, and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment led by the Los Baños-based Southeast Asian Re­gional Cen­ter for Grad­u­ate Study and Re­search in Agri­cul­ture (SEARCA).

One of the goals of SEARCA in im­ple­ment­ing the school-based food and nutri­tion pro­gram is to in­crease knowl­edge of, and im­prove the skills of teach­ers and stu­dents on, food pro­duc­tion and nutri­tion through ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that in­cul­cate the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns, and use of lo­cally adapted green tech­nolo­gies.

The par­tic­i­pat­ing schools are Cabuyao Cen­tral School in Cabuyao; San An­dres Elementary School in Alaminos; Crisanto Guysayko Me­mo­rial Elementary School in Nag­car­lan; Ma­jay­jay Elementary School in Ma­jay­jay; Labuin Elementary School in Pila; and Pe­dro Gue­varra Me­mo­rial Na­tional High School in Sta. Cruz.

In a writeshop or­ga­nized by SEARCA last May 13, Grades 4 and 7 teach­ers of Math­e­mat­ics, English, Science, Edukasy­ong Pan­ta­hanan at Pangk­abuhayan (EPP), and Tech­nol­ogy and Liveli­hood Ed­u­ca­tion (TLE) in­te­grated the con­cepts of or­ganic agri­cul­ture, nutri­tion, and cli­mate change in the les­son plans of these sub­jects un­der the cur­rent Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) cur­ric­ula for Grades 4 and 7.

The writeshop par­tic­i­pants reviewed the con­cepts of or­ganic agri­cul­ture and nutri­tion and were given an over­view of cli­mate change im­pli­ca­tions for nutri­tion. They were also given a lec­ture on bio- in­ten­sive gar­den­ing tech­niques dur­ing a field visit to the crop mu­seum of the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Ru­ral Re­con­struc­tion (IIR) in Silang, Cavite. They were also ap­prised on IIRR’s School Nutri­tion Pro­gram in Cavite.

Teach­ers who taught the same sub­jects were grouped to­gether to work on in­te­grat­ing the con­cepts, and pre­sented their enhanced les­son plans us­ing the “demo teach­ing” method.

The tar­get num­ber of enhanced les­son plans as well as the time­line of their com­ple­tion, pro­cess­ing, and en­dorse­ment to DepEd were out­lined in an ac­tion plan that the par­tic­i­pat­ing teach­ers and SEARCA agreed on, and which were set for pi­lot­ing as classes re­cently opened this school year.

Fa­cil­i­ta­tors of the work­shop in­cluded Lam­berto Perolina of the DepEd La­guna, the prin­ci­pals of the par­tic­i­pat­ing schools, and Dr. Ble­silda Calub of the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Los Baños, who leads SEARCA’s school and com­mu­nity gar­dens pro­gram.

SEARCA Direc­tor Gil C. Sagui­guit Jr. said the ini­tial im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gram on a pi­lot scale will pro­vide im­por­tant learn­ing points for scal­ing up as the pro­gram is en­vi­sioned to be im­ple­mented na­tion­wide and across the Southeast Asian re­gion.

SEARCA Direc­tor Gil C. Sagui­guit Jr. (left), UPLB Chan­cel­lor Dr. Fer­nando C. Sanchez Jr. (third from left), and project of­fi­cials at the school gar­den of Ma­jay­jay Elementary School – one of the par­tic­i­pat­ing schools of the Par­tic­i­pa­tory Ac­tion Re­search on Schooland Com­mu­nity-Based Food and Nutri­iton Pro­gram for Lit­er­acy, Poverty Re­duc­tion, and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.

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