MAK­ING ED­U­CA­TION REL­E­VANT TO NA­TION’S NEEDS

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

ALADIN M. SUEDE

The De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) has yet again re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of in­still­ing 21st cen­tury skills among all learn­ers, with em­pha­sis on mak­ing ed­u­ca­tion rel­e­vant to the ur­gent needs of and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the nat i on.

Ac­cord­ing to the DepEd, what we teach and en­cour­age our learn­ers to learn from school has to be rel­e­vant to the 21st cen­tury, to our needs, and has to be re­spon­sive to the chal­lenges that our coun­try faces at this time.

There is some­thing new and ex­cit­ing hap­pen­ing in and out­side the Philip­pines ev­ery day to which the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem has to re­spond, the DepEd said.

This has re­sulted in mas­sive out­puts like the pro­vi­sion of school build­ings with im­proved de­sign and fa­cil­i­ties, and the set­ting up of 21st cen­tury class­rooms with var­i­ous in­no­va­tive fea­tures and equip­ment.

The De­part­ment also rec­og­nizes and sup­ports the dig­i­tal rise in the Philip­pine ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. It shared that as early as 2010, the De­part­ment al­ready started ef­forts in rais­ing the in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (ICT) lit­er­acy of the learn­ers, teach­ers, school heads, and other per­son­nel through the DepEd Com­put­er­i­za­tion Pro­gram.

Even as we fo­cus on science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, and math­e­mat­ics, as ed­u­ca­tors, we must not for­get that we are Filipinos and we have a his­tory and multi-var­ied cul­ture all over the coun­try. It is also im­por­tant to fo­cus as well on the so­cial sci­ences or the so-called soft sci­ences.

Mean­while, var­i­ous con­fer­ences in­volv­ing 21st Cen­tury Learn­ing are hap­pen­ing na­tion­wide, sup­ported by DepEd, the Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHED), and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Author­ity ( TESDA) .

These con­fer­ences aim to pro­vide the par­tic­i­pants with in­sights on the lat­est in­no­va­tions and ped­a­go­gies trans­form­ing K to 12 Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, and en­able them to dis­cover how learn­ing and teach­ing is get­ting trans­formed in higher ed­u­ca­tion.

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The author is Teacher III at Bene­dicto El­e­men­tary School, Florid­ablanca, Pam­panga

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