MANILA, Philippines — In line with its goal of reaffirming and
emphasizing the role of education in empowering and developing the young
into becoming productive citizens of the country, the Department of
Education (DepEd) is celebrating Education Week nationwide from December
Guided by the theme “Edukasyon: Tungo sa Tapat na Pagbabago at
Pag-Unlad,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro issued Memorandum 491,
series of 2010 to announce the conduct of the celebration as part of its
efforts to produce young people who are responsive to the needs of the
times and to encourage every stakeholder to invest in education.
“We always say that we should not give up on education for it is
truly key, the foundation from where our citizens can not only lead
productive lives but also give of themselves in a rippling, multiplier
effect. It is one of the few ways of achieving true reforms in the
country,” he explained.
However, Luistro said he believes that DepEd alone cannot make
education serve its purpose and that the department needs the support of
“For education to truly serve its purpose, we need to establish
partnerships among all stakeholders, including those in the grassroots
level,” he said. Luistro added that the entire community, not just
parents, must actively participate in the upbringing of children — for
the good of the children and the greater good of the community.
Apart from emphasizing the role of education in society, the
celebration also aims to strengthen cooperation among stakeholders in
education to support the necessary and significant changes to achieve
quality and relevant education. “Moreover, it intends to inspire every
educator to do more for the schoolchildren to ensure their future,” he
Luistro said he support President Benigno Aquino III’s goal of
seeking positive changes in the life of every Filipino, particularly in
education which, he said, is among the President’s priorities.
“Like him, I want to make a positive difference in the lives of our
countrymen through the education reforms I will initiate under my term
in the department. And perhaps we can all agree that if more of our
people were better educated, poverty would not affect our country as
much as we are experiencing today,” he stressed.
All school officials including bureau and regional directors,
directors of services/centers/ and heads of units, schools division/city
superintendents, and heads of public and private elementary and
secondary schools were encouraged to conduct simple and austere programs
and activities consistent with the theme and objectives of this year’s
celebration during the week.
Among the suggested activities to be conducted during the week-long
celebration are setting up of bazaars/tiangge; seminar / training /
workshop / team-building for students and teachers; exhibits of
outstanding achievements; awarding of outstanding teachers, employees,
programs, and projects; awarding of appreciation to all partners, local
government units, non-governmental organizations, parent-teachers
associations, and sponsors; academic and co-curricular contests.
Source: Manila Bulletin, Ina Hernando-Malipot, 12-08-2010