Solon wants gardening to be intergrated in secondary school curriculum

Published November 16, 2019, 3:24 PM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Charissa M. Luci-Atienza

Camarines Norte Rep.  Marisol Panotes wants to integrate gardening in the secondary school curriculum in both public and private schools.

House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)
House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO) 

She filed House Bill 5332 seeking to mandate the Department of Education (DepEd)  to integrate gardening in the secondary school curriculum.

“Foreign published article reveals that school gardening is an innovative teaching tool and strategy that lets educators incorporate hands-on activities in a diversity of interdisciplinary,  standards-based lessons, ” Panotes said.

Citing the article, she said school garden engages students by providing a dynamic environment in which to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn.

“It is a living laboratory where lessons are drawn from real-life experiences rather than textbook examples,  allowing students to become active participants in the learning process, ” she said.

“Through gardening, students gain understanding of ecosystems, an appreciation for food origins and nutrition, and knowledge of plant and animal life cycles.  At the same time,  they learn practical horticultural skills that last a lifetime, ” she added.

Panotes also noted experience and research have shown numerous benefits of school gardens and natural landscaping.

“Students learn focus and patience,  cooperation, teamwork and social skills.  They gain self-confidence and a sense of “capableness” along with new skills and knowledge in food growing,” she said.

“Achievement scores improve because learning is more relevant and hands-on. Students become more fit and healthy as they spend more time active in the outdoors and start choosing healthy foods over junk food, ” she added.

Under HB 5333, the DepEd is tasked to promulgate the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Act.