A July 19, 2012 press release from the Department of Education
The Department of Education (DepEd), will hold a series of interactive mall exhibits to raise awareness about its K to12 basic education curriculum reform program dubbed GO! Education (Greater Opportunities! Education). The tour will kick off at The Block Atrium Activity Center in SM North EDSA on July 27.
DepEd has partnered with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), United States Agency International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBED) for the exhibit which will also be held at SM malls in Pampanga, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Cebu and Davao.
“With the interactive exhibit, we hope the public would understand how our GO! Education program could help provide solutions to increase the competency of our public school teachers, improve our basic education curriculum to be at par with global standards and build more classrooms and other learning facilities with the help of both public and private partners,” said Secretary of Education Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.
The exhibit will be divided into three walk-through sections. “Go! Teachers!” tackles the problems, existing policies and solutions to produce highly competent teachers; “Go! K to 12!” offers a look at the new basic education curriculum and what it aims to achieve while “Go! Classroom!” talks about addressing the problem of classroom shortages.
During the exhibit kick-off, GO! Education ambassadors will be on hand to expound on the features and benefits of the K to12 education program.
Public school teacher Lou Sabrina Ongkiko of the Culiat Elementary School in Quezon City will talk about teacher training, mother of five Peachie Flaviano will answer parents’ concerns on the two additional years of high school while DepEd-Bicol Assistant Regional Director Diosdado San Antonio will discuss how the government promotes the public-private partnership scheme to build much needed classrooms.
“I know that some people are still skeptical about this, but with small steps, we at the Department of Education believe that we’ll be able to move towards greater opportunities through a reformed educational system,” Luistro added.