DepEd conducts 2nd National Summit on the rights of the child in education

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QUEZON CITY, Nov. 24 (PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepED) through the Office of the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs (OULA) conducted the 2nd National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education, with the theme Isulong! Karapatan ng Bata sa Edukasyon sa Panahon ng COVID-19, on November 23-24, from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm via Zoom and live at the DepEd Philippines Facebook page.

Pursuant to DepEd Memorandum No. 68, s. 2020, the Second National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education is the highlight of this year’s National Children’s Month.

The National Children’s Month is observed in November every year to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, and “instill its significance in the Filipino consciousness” by virtue of Republic Act No. 10661, or the “National Children’s Month Act.” 

Atty. Josephine Maribojoc, DepEd Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, explained the main objectives of this year’s summit:

●      Build on the insights, commitments, and recommendations of the 1st National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education held in November 2019

●      Reinforce the continuing commitment of the Philippine government including DepEd and other stakeholders in upholding children’s rights, particularly rights-based education (RBE) in normal times and during the COVID-19 pandemic

●      Facilitate discussions and elicit recommendation on upholding RBE in normal times and during the COVID 19 pandemic through a whole-of-Deped, whole-of-government, and whole-of-society approach

●      Ensure the participation of children in shaping policies and actions pertaining to RBE in normal times and during the COVID-19 pandemic

On the first day of the Summit, November 23, Dr. Philip D. Jaff√©, Director of the Center for Children’s Rights Studies at the University of Geneva, delivered a lecture on the role of child rights in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Dr. Robert Jenkins, Global Chief of Education and Associate Director of the UNICEF Headquarters in New York, USA, lectured on the effects of COVID-19 on children’s education around the world and the responses of various countries.

“We should always remind our children that they have rights, not only the parents or the teachers or the older members of the community but they themselves have rights to express themselves to say what they want to learn,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

The second day of the Summit on November 24 had   a parallel session on child rights in the context of education. The goal of this session is  to identify best practices, insights, issues, problems, gaps, recommendations, and opportunities for Deped, the rest of the Philippine government, and other stakeholders.

Attendees to the summit are Officials and personnel of DepEd Central, Regional and School’s Division Offices, School Leaders and Educators from public and private schools, National and Local Government Agencies, International and Non-Government Organizations, members of the academe, and professional organizations, the business community, media, parents, and learners from basic education in the Philippines. (JLB/PIA-IDPD)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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