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DepEd apprises Bangladeshi educators on basic ed reforms, best practices
PASIG CITY, July 03, 2019 – The Department of Education (DepEd), through its International Cooperation Office (ICO), Curriculum and Instruction (CI) strand, and Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD), welcomed the delegates of the study tour from the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan on June 28, Friday.
Their study tour on Modern School Management Practices aims to draw best practices and programs of educational institutions in the Philippines. Hosted by the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Education, the tour will run from June 28-July 12, 2019.
Headed by the Deputy Director of the Directorate Primary Education, Muhammad Baharul Islam, and the Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, His Excellency Muhammad Faruk Alam, the delegation is composed of 100 officers and teachers of primary and mass education from the Bangladesh Fourth Primary Education Development Program.
In her message, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction Alma Ruby Torio conveyed her appreciation of the institutional visit of Bangladeshi officials and teachers to the Philippines.
“We appreciate your coming here — this is a clear manifestation that just like our country, you give premium to education. Your coming here signifies that you would like to listen to [and learn from] our best practices and somehow apply them, making use of your local perspectives and scenarios,” Torio shared.
Meanwhile, DepEd officials informed the delegates on the Department’s mandates, mission and vision, goals, organizational structures, and various reforms and programs such as K to 12 and Alternative Learning System.
Torio further highlighted that despite the differences between the two countries, they have a similar goal to uphold education: “We are here to learn from each other based on our distinctive identity and so, whether we have our differences and similarities, surely we stand on the same ground. We join you in that noble vision in educating the future generation.”
In closing, Torio hoped that the officials from the Bangladesh Ministry will be able to experience the hospitality of Filipinos throughout their stay in the country.
Also present in the event were ICO Director Margarita Ballesteros, other DepEd officials, and Maria Regina Corazon Sevilla and Marian Christine Patriarca of the UP College of Education.
PHOTOS 1-2: The Department of Education (DepEd), through its International Cooperation Office (ICO), Curriculum and Instruction (CI) strand led by Assistant Secretary Alma Torio, and Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD), welcomed the delegates of the study tour from the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan on June 28.
ALS for everyone: 65-year-old woman completes elementary education
June 27, 2019 – Most 65-year-olds nowadays would either be looking after their grandchildren or enjoying life to its fullest after their retirement. Whichever the case may be, it is something that may indicate a sense of culmination, like a falling action in a typical plot of a story.
Aida Morales’ story is rare but remarkable. At 65 years old, and a widow, she is one of the 15,102 successful takers of the DepEd Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency (A & E) Test held on February 24, 2019 in Region III.
A native of San Vicente in Gapan City, Aida is the eldest among six siblings who had to stop schooling when she was in Grade 4 in 1965.
“Dala ng kahirapan, kasi po nagtatrabaho lang po ang tatay namin sa lumber at 35 pesos lang po ang suweldo niya. Isa lang po sa amin ang nakatapos ng high school at apat kaming babae na hindi nakatapos kahit elementary lang,” said Aida, who helped raise her siblings when she stopped studying.
Before she got married, she worked as a waitress in a small canteen in their community to earn a living.
A dream come true
“Ako’y nangarap na sana dumating ang pagkakataon na matugunan ang aking panalanangin na sana’y mayroong eskwelahan na libreng magturo at mapagpa-aral sa kapares ko,” said Aida.
She recalled how she ended up enlisting herself in the ALS Program in 2017 when an ALS mobile teacher conducted a mapping-out and recruitment of enrollees.
“Nakigulo-gulo at naki-usyoso ako ‘nung may nag-recruit dito sa amin. Nagbiro ako at nagpalista ako. Itinawag pa sa DepEd para itanong kung pwede pa ako sa ALS, at ‘yun pumayag naman.” she reminisced.
According to Melvin Lazaro, Division ALS Coordinator, Gapan City is among the Top 5 divisions in Central Luzon in terms of the percentage of A&E passers.
“Here in Gapan City, we believe that education with compassion is the key to attaining education for all. That’s why ALS Gapan is also providing livelihood, skills training, and outreach program to out-of-school youths aside from the literacy program. Through this strategy, we are able address their unique needs and win them back to the education system,” explained Lazaro.
Moving up to ALS Secondary
Aida attended ALS graduation rites last June 24 where she delivered a special message.
“Hindi po naging hadlang sa akin ang aking edad para maabot ko at magawa ko na ako’y ga-graduate. May kasabihan na kapag may tiyaga, may pag-asa. Ako’y nagkaroon ng pag-asa na matugunan ang aking panalangin na libreng edukasyon dahil ito ang pinakamahalagang bagay na hindi kayang nakawin ninuman. Kaya ako’y nagpapasalamat sa ALS at sa mga mababait na teacher na siyang sumubaybay at tumanggap sa akin kahit na sa edad kong ito.”
Asked if she will continue with the ALS Program for Secondary Level, Aida said she is excited to achieve her life-long dream of finishing her studies through the free non-formal education program.
“Ang gusto ko’y madagdagan ang aking nalalaman. Ang sabi ko nga sa mga batang bulakbol dito, gawin akong huwaran sapagkat sa edad kong ito ay gusto ko pang mag-aral. Lalo na sila’y bata pa, mas malayo pa kaysa sa akin ang kanilang mararating sa buhay,” Aida emphasized.
By: Michelle Lacson
Regional Information Officer
DepEd Region III
PHOTO 1-4: 65-year-old Aida Morales, a native of San Vicente in Gapan City, is one of the successful takers of the DepEd Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency (A & E) Test held on February 24, 2019 in Region III.
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