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DepEd pushes improved human rights education in K-12

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The Department of Education is pushing collaborative efforts to improve human rights education under the K to 12 basic education curriculum.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones asked stakeholders to “extend the net of sources” and lend additional substantive content to learning materials, including textbooks.

“Older kids might be more able to handle narratives, but as for the younger children, we will have to be very careful. Balancing authenticity of sources and making it age-appropriate are the challenges,” said Curriculum and Instruction Undersecretary Dina Ocampo (

Ocampo said the inclusion of Martial Law in the new basic education curriculum is not confined to the subject Araling Panlipunan or Social Sciences.

Such lessons are also included in other subjects like Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao, she added.

Also, Ocampo said the DepEd works with competent people in various disciplines to provide evidence-based and age-appropriate content and context.

For her part, Briones said teaching a bigger picture of the era remain a challenge because the figures at hand cannot be deemed conclusive.

Briones was referring to the list of 70,000 people arrested, which she said could be more.

“Perhaps the best documentations are from Luzon but how about those in Visayas, in Mindanao? And how to translate these in textbooks is the responsibility not only of DepEd but all of us,” she said.

The Commission on Human Rights is working with DepEd to teach the value of human rights across the subject areas.

CHR also undertakes capacity-building programs to let participating teachers use these additional learning resources.

Meanwhile, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines is preparing infographic and interactive displays at the Museo ng Kasaysayang Pampulitika ng Pilipinas in Malolos, Bulacan on October 11.