To guide its personnel and other stakeholders on the duty to respect, protect, fulfill and promote all children’s rights to and in education, the Department of Education (DepEd) has ordered the adoption of the Rights-Based Education (RBE) Framework in the country’s basic education system.
“At the center of Philippine basic education is the child and the learner,” DepEd said in its Department Order No. 31 series of 2022.
“In pursuance of the holistic development of the child, the Department envisions child-centered and child-caring basic education schools, learning centers, and offices, which perform their duty to respect, protect, fulfill, and actively promote the education rights of children so they may lead productive and happy lives as they participate in nation-building,” DepEd added.
The RBE-DepEd acknowledges that “children are persons with rights and active participants in their education and its design, development, and management, and not merely passive recipients of education services.”
DepEd added that in the framework, children are recognized as “rights-holders and adults are duty-bearers who have a corresponding obligation to uphold these rights.”
A rights-based education, DepEd added, is also a “framework for basic education in which DepEd performs its mandate to uphold the education rights of the child on the basis of legal obligations corresponding to those rights.”