March 8, 2021 – To enhance the integration of climate change in the basic education curriculum, the Department of Education (DepEd) launched a Climate Change Education microsite containing curated reference and supplementary learning materials.
The Climate Change education microsite (https://www.deped.gov.ph/climate-change-education/) is a repository of learning resources and references on climate change from partner organizations and institutions, including the Climate Change Commission (CCC), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Association (PAGASA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. (OML Center).
Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones lauded the initiative led by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DepEd-DRRMS), citing the immediate need for proactive response to the effects of climate change.
“The urgency of protecting the environment has become much more evident. We have been surviving on a yearly basis; floods, earthquakes, storms have led to the destruction of our infrastructure, of buildings, and of course, the loss of lives,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.
The said microsite was divided into four main sections: 1) DepEd-Developed Learning Resources (DDLRs), 2) References for Teachers, 3) External Learning Resources, and 4) DepEd’s Program on Climate Change Education. It also adheres to the fair-use policy on educational materials.
The microsite also offers references on climate science, climate change in the Philippines, adaptation and mitigation, sample learning activities, and free online courses. The references featured in the microsite are Open Educational Resources and can be used and redistributed these materials for free with proper citation. APA citations were already provided on the microsite for the convenience of its users.
To guide teachers, DepEd-DRRMS also created a manual on how to navigate the microsite, which can be accessed through this link: bit.ly/micrositemanual.
The initiative is part of the commitment of DepEd to intensify climate literacy and support climate action in the basic education sector by honing learners and personnel who are climate literate and proactive in championing resilient and sustainable schools.
For more information or suggestions, please contact DepEd-DRRMS at firstname.lastname@example.org (email) or 02-8637-4933 (landline).