DepEd RO8 says quality education is for out-of-school children, youth too

Tacloban City, Philippines – Education for all, giving equal right and opportunity for all school-aged children who are not inside the classrooms to acquire quality education.

This is the recent program-initiative of the Department of Education, Regional Office 08 in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

DepEd launched the Inclusive Learning Intervention and Strategies for Out-of-School Children and Youth on 27 July 2016 as part of the efforts to advance inclusive education in the region. 

It is also dubbed “Projet IncluEd8” which will highlight a Regional Summit, expecting a gathering of government agencies and other stakeholders. 

The summit is aimed to serve as an avenue for Inclusive Education advocates and stakeholders to converge about the status of OOSCY in Eastern Visayas. 

They are expected to share best practices and effective interventions and strategies, in order to find unified ways to respond to challenges in addressing issues relating to OOSCY. 

A UNICEF report indicates the basic barriers to education which include child labor, poverty, school distances, rural location, conflict, violence, early marriage, disasters, gender discrimination, early pregnancy and many more. 

The Geneva Conference on the Rights of the Child (CRC) put the primodial and basic rights of every child to be born, to have an education and a family and community that will love him and nurture his total development. 

It is with this principle that DepEd8 and UNICEF work hand in hand to include every deserving individual to the basic right to education. 

The program therefore, is designed further, to address the pressing concerns on OOSCY and eventually provide long term solutions to end exclusion of children through effective inclusive learning interventions and strategies that will provide the OOSC an equal opportunity for quality basic education. 

The Regional Summit will be held at the Ormoc City Superdome, Ormoc City. (PIA-08)
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