K-12 upgrade focuses on environment

The Department of Education (DepEd) said yesterday it will support a basic education curriculum that aims to produce climate literate students guided by teachers who are conscious of environmental issues.

It said that by virtue of Republic Act 9729, or the Climate Change Act, the agency’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service has been promoting climate education programs, projects, and activities aligned with the updated Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) curriculum.

“Climate change concepts are integrated with the K-12 curriculum in Science, Health, Araling Panlipunan, Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao, Mathematics, English, Filipino, Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan, and Technology and Livelihood Economics, and Music, Arts and PE,” the DepEd said in a statement.

“While climate change concepts are already integrated into the K-12 curriculum, there is a need to strengthen its presence in the curriculum by refining learning competencies and standards and monitoring learning delivery,” it added.

The DepEd said it will review learning competencies relevant to climate change education and shall coordinate with various offices and experts for the enhancements needed in developmentally-appropriate and multi-disciplinary climate change education.

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