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Election Candidates Urged to Bare Education Platform

LEARNING RECOVERY IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT – PARENTS, TEACHERS

Parents, teachers, and education advocates on Wednesday urged for strengthened local and community-based interventions to help improve early grade learning (kindergarten to grade 3), amid the pandemic.

“Education is a community effort. Lahat dapat magtulungan (We need to help each other),” said Quintin Atienza, Education Governance Manager of the ABC+: Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABC+ Project), an initiative of the Department of Education (DepEd) supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and RTI International.

Parents, teachers, education advocates urge election candidates to bare platform for early grade learners amid the pandemic.

“Education, especially early grade education, is not the responsibility of the education sector or DepEd alone. Everyone, from the local government units (LGUs) to the private sector, has an important role in helping teachers and parents improve early grade learning,” Atienza also said during a webinar with education stakeholders.

Because of the pandemic, regular face-to-face classes have been suspended and shifted online for almost two years now. “Distance learning poses a challenge to improving early grade education,” shared Eden Capapas, a grade 2 teacher from Roxas City. “Interaction between students and their teacher, an important process for literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional learning, is strained in an online set-up,” she said.

“In an online set-up for children in the early grades, parents are stepping into a bigger role for their children. We are essentially secondary teachers,” said Emilyn Luceña, a parent-leader from Iriga City, in Filipino. “Because of this, our capacities and skills are also being put to the test,” she added.

Local problems with local solutions

“These are local problems that can have local solutions. Community-based programs targeting parents, teachers, and learners have to complement national government efforts,” urged John Patrick Sedantes, Executive Director of CHILDInitiative, a partner of ABC+ Project in Western Visayas.

“Assistance from the LGU, private sector and community leaders can build parents’ capacity on the use of gadgets and other learning materials so that we can better help our children in their online classes,” he said. “Donations from the private sector and earmarked funds from the LGU can go to supplementary learning materials, gadgets, internet devices, and learning hubs, among others,” he also said.

Education platform for early grade learning urged

Candidates for the upcoming local and national elections should also commit to improve early grade education in the country and bare their education platform and learning recovery plan, urged Roy Layosa of the Coalition for Bicol Development, a partner of ABC+ Project in Region V.

“Education is an election issue. Candidates who wish to be our new set of leaders should present their education platform, including a learning recovery plan from the two years of online classes, especially now that Filipino children are being vaccinated and DepEd is piloting limited face-to-face classes,” Layosa said. “What is the post-quarantine set-up for Filipino early grade learners and how do we ensure that no Filipino child is left behind?” he asked.

US gov’t congratulates DepEd

The United States (US) government, through USAID, also extended its congratulations to DepEd during the webinar. “We would like to congratulate DepEd for the successful implementation of the limited face-to-face classes,” said Yvette Malcioln, Acting Director of Education of USAID in the Philippines.

“[C]ommunities were able to mobilize ways to make sure that modules and learning materials reach children and that they continue learning – a testament to the Filipino spirit of bayanihan,” she added. “The U.S. government, through USAID, is a proud partner of the Philippine government in improving the education of children,” she concluded.

Educational Game Like Apps Are The Best Way To Learn

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Over the past few years, there has been immense impact and influence of technology on children and all of the education system in general. Quality education once used to be expensive thing that millions of poor people could only dream about it, but now with this smartphone boom things has changed vastly. Great education is very affordable these days. All one needs is simply a smartphone and a working internet connection, which by the way with the increasing rapid development in electronics have become so cheap. Even the poorest people can be seen today with a smartphone.

There are a huge number of free android teaching app and iTunes teaching app available at the respectively app stores of these operating systems that run the majority of smartphones of the current generation. One can get perplexed by the amount of apps that are available these days, but choosing the right app for one’s child can greatly influence the way they like to learn things. These educational apps make learning very easier for children by providing explanatory audios and videos attached with all topics of all subjects.

Books which are generally termed as “boring” by these days’ children are often interested in the animations and colourful pages and pics that these apps use to make the learning fun. One can find apps that help them with their subjects or once can find specific apps like study English app which allows individuals to learn English right from the scratch in a matter of days.

There are many ways in which these educational apps are benefitting children and generally anyone who has a knack for learning new things. Experts say that these free android teaching app and iTunes teaching app not only make the children more interactive but they are also improving the engagement and relationship between parents and children in general. The most effective way to promote enhanced interaction is to engage with the children while they are using these learning apps.

These educational apps has successfully converted tedious passive activity of studying into a new form of entertainment. Lessons which can be learned with the help of the games can change the way students feel about studying as a whole. They are much more interested than they used to be in the past. These games generally consists of levels and which children does not want to gain levels and win the game. In order to do that they give more than hundred percent to the study material that they have to learn in order to gain these levels.

Unlike the schools and tuitions which are very time specific, these educational mobile applications are available 24/7. So there is no need for the student to worry about the timetables. They can revise any subject they want whenever they want. One might think that these apps must be so complex to operate because of all the information it contains but the case is totally different. With child-friendly control even 4-5 year old kids can operate these apps without any hassle.

Hope for the needy

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Two week ago, we went to National Bookstore at SM Fairview to buy some school supplies. We have yet to complete the list so we are planning to go back before the school opening next month.

We spent an ample amount for the items. I just thought to myself, if we can afford to buy the basic things that we need, what about those children who can’t even buy their own meal for the day?

We try to explain to our kids everything that we do for them in a manner that they can easily understand us. We always tell them that not all children are lucky to go to school. Some children who are dying to study do not have the means to do so. While there are children whose parents are capable of sending them to good schools, are not showing interest in school. That’s the sad reality of life.

In their young minds, they already understand that we are doing our responsibility to equip them for the future, to make them competitive in the real world. We only encourage them to give it their best shot by studying their lessons well.

Our kids’ future still depends on what road they will choose to travel. We are only here to guide them.
As a mom, I feel for children whose parents could not support them. If only I could do something to alleviate their poverty.

A number of institutions, individuals and even game shows on TV help the less fortunate kids realize their dreams. On the international level, there is Plan Canada, who channels donations and even permanent help to assist our brothers in need.

By sponsoring a child, we don’t only help a single child, but his community as well. The single cents gathered will help them build schools and improve their lives in general.

Imagine the little amount we can give to help millions of kids go back to school. We can sponsor a child and we can start now. Imagine your $35 a month can sustain a single child. Please visit plancanada.ca and see what you can do to help a child and his community rise from poverty.

I hope similar projects will serve as an inspiration to other people in other parts of the world to do just the same act of kindness to our less fortunate brothers and sisters, especially children.