DO 61, s. 1987 – Inclusion of the Study of Human Rights and Accompanying Responsibilities in the School Curricula
To: Bureau Directors
Presidents, State Colleges and Universities
Heads of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities
Vocational School Superintenders/Administrators
- In order education to develop consciousness among the citizenry of the need to respect human rights and to help deter violation thereof, Section 1 of Executive Order No. 27 states:
“The Department of Education, Culture and Sports shall include the study and understanding of human rights in the curricula of all levels of education and training in all schools in the country, adapting the scoped and treatment of the subjects or courses on human rights to the respective educational levels. It shall likewise initiate and maintain regular programs and special projects to provide venues for information and discussion of human rights including the utilization of informal education and other means to stress the importance of respect for human rights.”
- In this connection, all schools at all levels including non-formal education and technical and vocational education programs shall include in their curricula the study of human rights, as well as the responsibilities that accompany them, which is one of the values indicated in the DECS Values Education Frameworks.
- In the elementary and secondary levels, human rights lessons can be integrated in Civics, Culture, Geography and History and Social Studies respectively: in the tertiary level, this can be integrated for example in Political Science or History. Schools are given the option to determine how human rights teaching is appropriately integrated in their subject offerings. Non-formal education and technical and vocational education programs shall make provisions for studying and emphasizing the importance of respect for human rights and their accompanying responsibilities.
- An advance copy of a Primer on Human Rights developed by the Commission on Human Rights in coordination with the Department of Education, Culture and Sports has been made available to each region to provide basic and initial information which may be useful in the formulation and development of instructional materials.
- The Bureaus of Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Higher Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Non-Formal Education shall prepare a suggested list of target learning appropriate for each grade/level and corresponding prototype teaching-learning materials which shall serve as basis for regional initiatives in curriculum development and evaluation.
- The Regional Director shall provide leadership in the integration of human rights with the values education programs in appropriate subject areas, the development of corresponding instructional materials as well as the training of teachers. Further, the Regional Director shall provide leadership in undertaking school-community enhancing activities like slogan and quiz contests and programs.
- Immediate dissemination and implementation of this Order is desired.
(SGD.) LOURDES R. QUISUMBING
Reference: MECS Memorandum: No. 218, s. 1986
Allotment: 1-2-3-4–(M.O. 1-87)
To be indicated in the Perpetual Index under the following subjects:
BUREAUS AND OFFICES
COURSE OF STUDY, COLLEGIATE
COURSE OF STUDY, ELEMENTARY
COURSE OF STUDY, SECONDARY
UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES