The youth is the hope of the nation. This famous saying is true since the future of our country greatly depends upon the youth who will be the next leaders in our mother land. The most effective tool in preparing future great leaders is proper education. We all know that schools provide learning experiences to learners through able teachers who play a very essential role in delivering quality education that students deserve. It is also very logical to think that schools need to protect, care, and mold learners. Schools must be a home for students.
DepEd Baguio has a wonderful program proposal in the idea of making the school a home. This program was motivated by the following orders and memorandum. Child Protection Policy (DepEd order No. 40, S. of 2012), stipulates that children in schools must be protected from any form of abuse, violence, exploitation, discrimination, bullying and other forms of abuse. Anti-Bullying Act (DepEd order No. 55, S. of 2013), requires all DepEd elementary and secondary schools to adopt policies to prevent and address the acts of bullying in their institution. Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DepEd order No. 55, S. of 2007), admonishes government employees including students in schools to be aware on what to do during calamities especially earthquake. With this, school communities are required to undergo earthquake drill/trainings annually. National Drug Education Programs (NDEP) in Schools (Memorandum No. 200 s. 2016) orders that drug abuse prevention concepts shall be integrated in subjects such as, but not limited to, Science and Health and Makabayan in the elementary level, Science and Technology and Makabayan at the Secondary level. It shall also be integrated in concepts in Non-Formal Education Program, particularly in functional education and literacy, continuing education and Values Education/ EsP.
In addition, school personnel as a whole must continuously develop, update and adopt learning packages to support the existing drug education concepts/contents in the textbooks and other instructional material. The school health and nutritional personnel are tasked to supplement and complement classroom instruction by communicating drug abuse prevention messages to students, teachers and parents.
As educators, we are often challenged to adapt to new programs of the Department of Education, let us again unite in support of this wonderful program knowing that our learners are the main beneficiaries. ANDRE PAOLO C. GALONG, Pines City National High School