DepEd to parents, guardians, teachers: Be ‘life coaches’ to learners amid the pandemic

Published October 29, 2021, 5:04 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

To be effective life coaches of learners at home, the Department of Education (DepEd) MIMAROPA Region trained about 691 education stakeholders in Palawan.

Photo taken at Bagao, Cagayan in August 2021. (DepEd Cagayan)

Through the Curriculum and Learning Management Division (CLMD), parents, guardians, Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Officials, and teachers from Schools Divisions of Palawan, Puerto Princesa City, and Calapan City were trained through a webinar to be effective life coaches of students while they study at home.

Dubbed “Cluster 1 Regional Virtual Training on Parents as Learning Facilitators and Life Coaches: Education Delivery during the Times of Crisis and Beyond,” the event aims to recognize the crucial role of parents and other partners as life coaches during this pandemic.

Through the webinar, DepEd hoped to help significant adults at home identify some practical strategies in making their homes a haven for teaching and learning activities.

Regional Director Dr. Nicolas Capulong explained that the parents have been the major key players in the household even before the pandemic and in this time of crisis, their support and assistance are even more crucial.

(Photo from DepEd)

“We can only do so much, but with your help dear parents, teachers, PTA officials, and community leaders, we can build a castle for your children,” he said.

Meanwhile, OIC-ARD Suzette Gannaban Medina also appealed to the parents to avoid seeing the current situation as a drawback for the education of their children, but to view it as “a great learning curve for everyone.”

CLMD Chief Mariflor Musa also expressed hope that this Orientation-Training will become useful to every parent and they will learn to embrace all the learnings that they got from the activity.

(Photo from DepEd)

Livestreamed in the Facebook Pages of DepEd MIMAROPA Region, DepEd Philippines, and seven SDOs, the training garnered more than 84,000 views, shared more than 1,500 times, and received more than 8,000 comments mostly from parents and guardians nationwide.