DepEd vows to pursue initiatives to improve delivery of education

Published January 22, 2021, 2:02 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Amid the challenges that confront the country’s education sector, the Department of Education (DepEd) vowed to continue pursuing various initiatives that will help improve the delivery of education to Filipino students.

“We will continue developing ways by which, such creative ways will enhance the role of teachers (and technology) in implementing DepEd programs and initiatives,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said during the launching of the Help Educators Rise to Online Education (Heroes) 2021 in Region 4-A or the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (Calabarzon) area.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones (DepEd / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an effort to help the implementation of distance learning, DepEd Region 4-A launched Heroes 2021 to assist educators and students in the e-learning environment.

DepEd Calabarzon partnered with Thames International, Akadasia, EduRescue School For Teachers, UnionBank, and City Savings Bank for this initiative which aims to pilot better Philippine education for 2021 and the future of educators and students of Region 4-A.

Utilizing the Thames’ experiential and technology-enabled model of learning, the online rapid leadership and training program was designed as a quick response training program for Filipino teachers for their upskilling requirements in the online setup for School Year (SY) 2020-2021.

DepEd Region 4-A Regional Director Wilfredo Cabral explained that they were able to submit their basic education contextualized learning continuity plan for the region, titled Pivot 4A QuBE, where QuBE means cube (raised to 3) and 3 represents the 3 Es – efficiency, excellence, and empowerment.

“So we would like to empower teachers to do more inside the classroom, to of course make their classrooms a center of excellence and efficiency with at some point saying we can do things better,” Cabral said.

Thames co-founder and President Joel Santos underscored the need for the program, noting that “everyone should be at the highest standard.”

Akadasia Co-Founder and CEO Neelesh Bhatia explained that the engagement is significant in an online and blended approach “since teachers need to design engaging lessons for students.”