Education Secretary highlights learners’ contribution in shaping policies, programs, projects

ASIG CITY, April 28, 2018 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones highlighted the important contribution of learners in the advancement of the educational system in the country by sharing their insights in the various policy, program and project development efforts of the Department.

The Education chief recently underscored this during the Third Development Partners’ Coordination Forum, spearheaded by the DepEd-Project Management Service (PMS), in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Philippines and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Philippines, held from April 24 to 25 at the Chardonnay by Astoria in Pasig City.

“It’s a wise move to allow our learners, the adolescents, to participate in our policy development activities so they can tell the older generation what really is happening and what they really need as learners,” Briones stated.

She further shared her admiration for the younger generation: “Bilib ako sa boses ng kabataan… Yes, the adults have the benefit of experience, but the younger generation is likewise important as they have the energy, commitment, and endurance that are also needed for the betterment of our society and of the world.”

Anchored on the theme, “Addressing Barriers to Education of Adolescents,” the forum was designed to help the participants understand the issues on reproductive health, substance use (tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs), adolescents in the digital world, and the cross-cutting issues on gender and on mental health. Experts shared how adolescence is a time of key transitions marked by their growing self-awareness and recognition of their role in society.

This forum is the third leg of the series of DepEd’s coordination activities with development partners, following the fora on Alternative Learning System (ALS) and Education in Emergencies (EiE) in 2017.

“The series aims to establish regular avenues for collaboration between DepEd and the development partners to align our directions and efforts, and help us achieve the 10-point agenda of the Briones administration,” Assistant Secretary Revsee Escobedo explained.

“We ardently hope that this activity will also create an avenue for selected development partners to share current initiatives in reinforcing positive attitudes and outcomes to education of adolescents,” he added.

Furthermore, this series of fora aims to identify gaps, challenges, and areas of priority action, and set strategic interventions and areas of collaboration to ensure the delivery of a quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all.

Also present at the event were representatives from various development partners, non-government organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and national government agencies (NGAs) who have a stake in the well-being and development of adolescents.

Officials and personnel of DepEd Central, Regional, and Division offices also graced the event, along with adolescents who actively participated and gave insights during the plenary and parallel workshop sessions.


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