The secretary of the Ministry of Education, Leonor Briones. MANILA TIMES FILE PHOTO
THE Ministry of Education (DepEd), in collaboration with its external partners, reaffirmed its support for advocacy for the rights of children in education, particularly in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and in the post period. -pandemic.
The head of education, Leonor Briones, reiterated his department’s commitment to adopt a rights-based education framework in education with the establishment of the Office for the Rights of the Child in Education and the Child Protection Unit.
The establishment of these units aims to help all staff and stakeholders of DepEd to be constructive and to respect, protect, fulfill and promote the rights of the child within the framework of basic education.
“Our efforts, our reflections, our projects, our hard work are centered on the child. This pandemic has taught us to forge more partnerships and to be relentless in our quest to protect our children and defend their rights”, Briones said.
It will also promote the three dimensions of ensuring quality education for learners – the right of access to education, the right to quality education and the right of children to respect in the learning environment.
“These three dimensions are interrelated and indispensable. Rights-based education requires that the wide range of a child’s rights in these three dimensions in the context of basic education are respected, protected, fulfilled and actively promoted by the bondholder, including DepEd, “Under Secretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Joséphine Maribojoc explained.
She added that the newly created units will also advocate and build capacity on children’s rights in basic education, with a view to grounding and mainstreaming children’s rights into the mandate and work of DepEd.
The representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in the Philippines, Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, stressed that he would continue to work with DepEd to ensure the enjoyment of children’s rights despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
“Every child has the right to education. Thanks to our strong partnership and close coordination with the Ministry of Education and its partners, Unicef helps to strengthen the skills of teachers, develop learning materials and make accessible programs guaranteeing good. -be children, no matter where they are. Together we can ensure that the best interests of every child come first, especially now that in-person schooling has started in selected areas, ”he said.
Save the Children CEO Alberto Muyot also expressed his support for DepEd to provide education to all learners, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability or status in life.
The Executive Director of the Stairway Foundation Inc., Lars Jorgensen, stressed that the creation of new units at DepEd will be an integral part of the implementation of the rights-based framework in education and the protection of children’s rights at in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I would like to congratulate the Ministry of Education for the establishment and establishment of the Office for Children’s Rights in Education and the Child Protection Unit. [These] initiatives will further strengthen and maintain the protection of children’s rights, ”he added.