By Merlina Malipot
With the ever-changing environment wherein most learners are exposed to, Education Secretary Leonor Briones reminded teachers in schools to take every opportunity to teach their students the concept of respect.
“We teach respect,” said Briones. “We teach consideration for others who are not necessarily like us,” she explained. In the DepEd circular, she noted that it is specified to instill among learners respect when it comes to various issues such as gender, religion, food, and race – among others.
For instance, Briones cited the notion of the family. “When you were in kindergarten, you were taught that the family is composed of the mother, the child and the father but now, you have different forms of families,” she said. “We teach the children to respect, we do not say that those ‘families are wrong’ or ‘they are not families’,” she added.
Briones noted that supposing a learner asks about a particular person’s behavior, statement, or opinion, teachers should “go back to respect.” Teachers, she explained, can tell the learner that he or she does “not have to necessarily agree” with the other person but to “respect” that person’s belief in various issues, instead.
Briones also underscored the importance of imparting among learners the concept of “global citizenship” and “respect for people who are not like us.” She noted that “prejudice is not only religion, its gender, the kind of food that we eat, the color of our skin, or the country that we come from,” thus, the learners should be able to learn how to identify and respect differences.
Meanwhile, DepEd is conducting the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) workshop for training program developers and implementers starting next month.
Briones, in DepEd memo 104 series of 2018, said that the HGDG workshop aims to “develop a better understanding of the HGDG as an “analysis tool in integrating gender equality and addressing gender issues in training programs.”
DepEd— through the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) – is conducting the said three-day workshop by batch to “capacitate program/implementers in the use of HGDG in assessing gender-responsiveness in training programs, projects, and activities (PPAs).” The HGDG workshop is divided into six batches and is scheduled starting August to October.
In 2017, DepEd has issued a gender-responsive basic education policy in line with its commitment to integrate the principles of gender equality, equity, sensitivity, nondiscrimination and human rights in the provision and governance of basic education.