Briones: pursuing the passion, the goal | The Manila Times


Education Secretary Leonor Briones addresses the plenary of the 2022 World Education Forum in the UK. DEPENDENT PHOTO

EDUCATION Secretary Leonor Briones celebrates with graduating and graduating students of the 2021-2022 school year, urging them to pursue their passion and purpose to achieve their dreams.

“To the Class of 2022, resilience is in your blood. You have survived one of the most difficult times in human history, but you have always embraced education as your primary tool for success. I believe that with your passion and purpose, you can achieve your dreams and change the world,” she said in a post.

“May you continue to harness and pass on the wisdom as together we will build a nation of capable global citizens and future leaders,” Briones added.

In her message, the Head of Education highlighted the commitment of the Department of Education (DepEd) over the past six years to improving the quality of education, expanding access to it and ensuring its relevance in a rapidly changing world.

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She said that with the Sulong Edukalidad campaign, her department has fully implemented the K-12 curriculum and the reforms needed to produce globally competitive learners and teachers, as well as to strengthen the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and Last Mile School programs to reach more learners in remote areas.

Similarly, DepEd has also established the National Academy of Sports (NAS) and the Education Futures Unit to create more opportunities for learners and anticipate the future of the education system in the Philippines.

Briones also highlighted the implementation of the Basic Education and Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with the development of other learning opportunities such as DepEd TV and DepEd Commons, then possibly the reopening of schools for in-person classes. – face-to-face lessons since November 2021.

“Indeed, education is truly a shared responsibility. That is why we express our greatest gratitude to our dear parents and teachers for being our partners in educating young people over the years,” the also noted the head of education.

Under the theme “Graduates K-12: Pursuing Dreams and Fostering Resilience in the Face of Adversity”, public school graduating and graduating students can hold their End of School Year (EOSY) rites from June 27 to July 2 or be extended if the school has suspended classes during the school year.

Meanwhile, those in private schools can follow their respective school calendars for EOSY activities.

In a related development, Briones attended the 2022 World Education Forum (EWF) representing the Philippines, as she addressed the plenary to discuss equity and resources in basic education.

In his presentation, Briones highlighted DepEd projects that have helped bridge the learning gap amid the Covid-19 pandemic through blended learning, including strengthening ESL and Last Mile Schools programs.

“During my tenure as Education Secretary, we ensured that these programs would also fill education gaps, especially in remote areas where access to quality basic education is difficult. “, she said.

Briones also outlined the challenges the department has faced in previous years, particularly the lack of access to resources in remote areas which has led to the construction of infrastructure and facilities specifically for educational purposes.

Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) joined her for discussion during the plenary session. The session was moderated by English journalist David Aaronovitch.

Briones also attended the meeting on Education Technology (EdTech), Technical and Vocational Education (Tech-Voc), and Deploying Industries to expand the opportunities students can derive from their education.

“We are here to share our collective experiences and we look forward to [to] help each other and be part of the discussion,” she added.

During the forum, topics on the effect of education on the resilience and economic progress of the different participating countries were also discussed, as well as emotional learning, girls’ education and other issues related to education.

Briones’ participation in EWF 2022 also aims to strengthen DepEd’s partnerships with other countries and improve the quality of education.

The forum, held at the Queen Elizabeth 2 Center in London, UK, also brought together 112 ministers from 107 countries, deputy ministers, other senior officials and education experts from around the world.


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