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BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Education lined up a week-long activities that must be observed by all schools nationwide in the celebration of Education Week pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No.2399 dated February 25, 1985 designating the second week of December of every year as Education Week.
This year’s theme for the Education Week celebration is “Discovering Choices, Creating Opportunities.” The ccelebration will run through December 7-13, 2015.
DepEd Memo. No.148, s.2015, states the aims as; provide awareness among stakeholders on the role of education as a stimulus towards national development; reaffirm and emphasize the role of education in empowering and developing the young to be productive citizens of the country and responsive to the needs of the times; drum up support and cooperation among stakeholders for the implementation of the Enhanced Basic Education Program (K to 12); strengthen cooperation among stakeholders in education to support the necessary and significant changes to achieve quality and relevant education; and inspire every educator to do more for the school children to ensure their future.
In my workplace at Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School (MPGCHS), the plannned of activities are: December 7, 2015, 3:00-7:00 p.m. – Coronation night for the Popularity Contest , Search for Mr. & Ms. Technolympics 2015 and Raffle Draw for the Tickets; December 8, 2015 – Senior High School Festival; Parade Opening Program with the Theme “Stronger Advocacy For; Better Viewing Senior High School Implementation”; Photo Exhibits and Showcasing of Tracks of the Schools that offer Senior High Schools in the Bontoc District like; MPGCHS, Saint Vincent High School, Xijen Institute of Mountain Province and Mountain Province State; Polytechnic College; December 10-13, 2015 – Qualified students and TLE Coaches of MPGCHS will attend the 5th Division Technolympics Skills Competition at Banao, Bauko; December 12, 2015- the Supreme Student Government together with the clubs and organizations of the school will be conducting an Outreach Program Activity at Can-eo, Bontoc.
Other suggested activities mentioned in DepEd Memo No.148, s. 2015 are the following: Simultaneous Flag-Raising Ceremony and Opening Program; Putting up of Bazaars/Exhibits showcasing outputs of pupils and students in different subjects (Ex. EPP/TLE/TVE projects, science investigatory projects); Conduct of academic and co-curricular activities and contests; Partnering with a theater company for staging of a play that highlights the value of education; Teachers may exchange classes for one day or invite parents or resource speakers from the community to serve as guest teachers. Elementary and secondary learners may also serve as Teacher for the Day; Conduct of career orientation seminar with successful alumni as speakers. The invited speakers representing various industries/careers will give testimonials on how education was their key to success.; Conduct of film showing featuring films about education leaders and movers, teachers and learners; Conduct of education camp exploring and enhancing skills and talents of learners, teachers and other personnel involved in education; Conduct of discussions, mini-lectures or for a with learners, teachers, community and partners on: a. Updates on K to 12; b. Good Parenting; c. Issues on Education; d. Health and Wellness; e. Gender Awareness and Development; f. Professional Growth and Development; g. Disaster Risk Reduction and related life skills; disaster preparedness, preventive measures, and behavior during and after a disaster Conduct of Fun Run; Launching of an advocacy that would involve the entire school community like Libro ko, Handog ko; Awarding of outstanding teachers, employees, programs and projects and awarding of certificates of appreciation to all partners, LGUs, PTAs and sponsors; Conduct of Culminating activity on the last day of Education Week. Learners may come dressed in attire on what they want to be in the future.
According to the Education Secretary Armin Luistro, he emphasized the role of education in the society that for education to truly serve its purpose, we need to establish partnerships among all stakeholders, including those in the grassroots level. The idea tells us 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. By Maribel S. Agnapan