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DepEd targets 2.5M kindergarten children in S.Y. 2011-2012

posted May 11, 2011, 9:10 PM by Desiree Tuazon

Pushing for universal kindergarten in all public schools, the Department of

Education goes full throttle to reach more than half a million school-aged

children who were left unserved in May 2010.

“This new year, we are renewing our commitment to reach all children of school

age as part of our intensified efforts towards achieving the Education For All

(EFA) commitment,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro.

With the increased 2011 DepEd allocation, part of the thrust of the department is

to implement the universal public kindergarten program for 5-year olds to give

new entrants to basic education the proper preparation on the rigors of

schooling. In line with this, the department is set to undertake a ground

mapping of all school-aged children by way of pre-registration all over the

country starting January 15.

“The pre-registration will not only allow us to determine the interventions needed

to ensure that the EFA commitment is within the department’s reach, but it will

also enable us to have a wider reach of children who are deprived of basic

education,” added Luistro.

From the 1,914,137 who were reached in 2010 in both public and private

schools, DepEd targets to raise the number of preschool children it will serve to

almost 2.5M or a 21 percent increase in 2011.

posted May 11, 2011, 7:48 PM by Desiree Tuazon

DepEd strengthens Preschool Teachers’ competencies

posted May 11, 2011, 7:37 PM by Desiree Tuazon

     Designed to equip preschool teachers with better understanding of the developmental characteristics of young learners, the Department of Education through the Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE) will conduct Summer Institute Program (SIP) for Preschool Teachers from May 2-27, 2011.

        DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro believes that the conduct of the program will provide preschool teachers quality preparations in meeting the standards required by the department (based on DepEd Order No. 57, s. 2007). “This summer training just shows that nothing can stop us in pursuing an institutionalized preschool program in our public schools,” added Luistro.

    He furthered that enhancing the competencies of pre-school teachers will have a great impact to the young learners. “We should ensure that teachers are ready for the challenge of making our young kids' first school experience enjoyable and giving them a positive experience that will motivate them to remain in school and complete their education.”

    The program is expected to make teachers competent in the use of developmentally appropriate methods and strategies to develop the child’s potential in their physical, social, emotional and cognitive areas.

        Also, SIP is aimed at developing skills by setting up the learning environment and establishing routines using positive guidance. It will likewise explain basic principles in planning developmentally appropriate practices and activities to preschool children.


posted May 9, 2011, 11:52 PM by Desiree Tuazon

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