DepEd resets nat’l summit on child’s rights in education

Published November 12, 2020, 7:55 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) has rescheduled the two-day National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education, which will focus on child-rights based education in the context of its Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) implemented for school year (SY) 2020-2021.

Department of Education

DepEd’s Office of the Legal Affairs told the Manila Bulletin that the new schedule of the 2020 National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education will be held online on Nov. 23 (Monday) and Nov. 24 (Tuesday).

As stated in DepEd Memorandum No. 68 s. of 2020, this year’s summit was originally scheduled today, Nov. 12, and tomorrow, Nov.13. DepEd said that the summit, in its second year, is part of the activities of DepEd Central Office in line with the 2020 National Children’s Month Celebration (NCM).

This year’s national summit will be anchored on the theme, “Isulong! Karapatan ng Bawat Bata sa Edukasyon sa Panahon ng COVID-19.” It will focus on rights-based education (RBE) in the context of DepEd’s BE-LCP, which is implemented for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 amid the public health situation.

DepEd said the online summit will gather children-learners, DepEd officials, personnel, and teachers from the public and private schools and parents of learners. Likewise, representatives from other government agencies, civil society organizations, international organizations, private companies, and media are also expected to attend the summit.

The Summit aims to “build on the gains” of the First National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education held in November, 2019, and “reinforce the continuing commitment” of the Philippine government, including DepEd and other stakeholders, to uphold RBE in normal times and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DepEd added that the Summit also aims to “facilitate discussions and elicit recommendations” on upholding the RBE in normal times and during the COVID-19 pandemic through a whole-of-DepEd, whole-of-government approach and whole-of-society approach.

The Summit aims to “ensure the participation of children in shaping policies and actions” pertaining to RBE in both normal times and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the Summit, a pre-conference will also be held to prepare the children-participants and to “elicit suggestions from them” regarding the conduct of the summit.