THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said it will conduct summer enhancement programs in Eastern Visayas and Zamboanga City to bridge the learning gaps in schools because of the devastation brought by natural and man-made calamities.
“We have to double our efforts as we approach the ‘last 2 minutes’ of this administration. These summer programs would help our learners master the competencies required in order to move to the next level,” Luistro said.
DepEd Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) and the Division of Zamboanga were affected by last year’s super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the skirmish between government forces and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), respectively.
Region 8’s program, “Summer Fun in School 2014,” (SFS) complements the efforts of various groups, local and international, in their psychosocial and stress debriefing interventions. It also aims to aid the students in catching up with their academic activities as well as empowering them through child-led exercises.
The SFS will be implemented in four elementary schools and one secondary school for the divisions of Eastern Samar, Samar, Tacloban City, Leyte, and Ormoc City. Classes will start from April 28 to May 16. It will be a four-hour session daily.
Part of the activities will be on competency building—mastery of competencies for the student’s current grade level, a child-led Disaster Risk Reduction Management, and Hygiene promotion during disasters.
The SFS approach will be through academic classes on literacy and numeracy (reading, writing, counting, and problem solving), simulations of disaster drill which will be led by children, and through various activities—music, arts, sports, and games.