During an online meeting, Briones shared the challenges faced by DepEd amid the COVID-19 pandemic, such as ensuring that the education sector receives sufficient national resources and that learning remains undisrupted.
Briones took part in a virtual Global Education Meeting (GEM), organized by the governments of Ghana, Norway, and the United Kingdom, as well as the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Heads of State and Government, as well as Ministers from 70 countries and international organizations, attended the event. During the session, Briones shared how DepEd is doing all that it can to maintain the continuity of education, adopting appropriate health and safety protocols.
Part of the GEM involved discussing a declaration on protecting the right to education for all learners, especially for girls and those most vulnerable, while the global health crisis persists. As a member of the 2030 Education Agenda Global Steering Committee, the Philippines helped draft the said declaration, which stressed the importance of action and cooperation
In a virtual press briefing earlier, Briones also acknowledged the academe’s direction towards digitalization and blended learning but emphasized the importance of keeping “humanistic aspects” in education.
“My stand as Education Secretary is that culture should not be excluded because our history is what makes us human vis-a-vis other creatures on the planet,” Briones said.
Classes formally opened nationwide on October 5, with schools adopting blended learning and distance learning as parts of the country remain under various community quarantines. Under blended learning, a combination of television, radio, the Internet, and printed modules are used to deliver education.
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