Undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Education will hold the Second National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education online next week.
The virtual summit from Nov. 23 to 24 is in line with the celebration of the National Children’s Month (NCM) every November.
As mandated by Republic Act No. 10661, or the National Children’s Month Act, November is celebrated as the NCM to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on Nov. 20, 1989, and “instill its significance in the Filipino consciousness.”
DepEd Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Josephine Maribojoc said that pursuant to DepEd Memorandum No. 68, Series of 2020, the summit is the highlight event of the department in celebration of the NCM.
With the theme, “Isulong! Karapatan ng Bawat Bata sa Edukasyon sa Panahon ng COVID-19,” Maribojoc said that the summit aims to “reinforce the continuing commitment of the Philippine government, including the DepEd, and other stakeholders, in upholding children’s rights, with focus on their rights in the context of education in normal times and during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Maribojoc noted that the summit also aims to build on the gains of the First National Summit held last year. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child last year, DepEd held its First National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education from Nov. 14 to 15.
Maribojoc said that the Second National Summit seeks to facilitate discussions and elicit recommendations on upholding rights-based education (RBE) in normal times and during the COVID-19 pandemic through a “whole-of-DepEd, whole-of-government, and whole-of-society approach.”
“It is also a venue to ensure the participation of children in shaping policies and actions pertaining to RBE in normal times and during the pandemic,” Maribojoc added.