DepEd, Save the Children partner up to achieve EFA goals

November 25, 2014

The Department of Education (DepEd) and Save the Children formalized its partnership by signing the memorandum of agreement focusing on the continuing advancement of educational provisions in the country for 2015 onwards.
The partnership involves programs in Early Childhood Education, Basic Education, Literacy and Mother-Tongue Based Multilingual Education, School Health and Nutrition (SHN), Child Protection, Education in Emergencies, and Disaster Risk Reducation/Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA).
In order to achieve the Education for All (EFA) goals, DepEd and Save the Children will combine its efforts to universalize Kindergarten education through the KapitBahayan-Aralan (KBA) program, a child-focused, developmentally-appropriate, play and active learning-based early education program which serves children from marginalized and disadvantaged communities.
DepEd and Save the Children both agreed to combine efforts and maintain working relationships in the implementation of Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) to further improve children’s learning and reading outcomes.
Luistro emphasized the importance of MTB-MLE in the learning process of the learner. He said that MTB-MLE shall provide children with a strong education in the first language and develop cognitive and reasoning skills.
Both parties also collaborated to improve health and nutrition services and education, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities and community support and policies.
The tie-up allows for the capacity building of teachers on Children’s Rights and Positive Discipline to advance the implementation of DepEd’s Child Protection Policy. Aside from capacity building for teachers, schoolchildren, and school personnel on DRR/CCA, DepEd and Save the Children will also strengthen cluster education formation and frontline responders training.