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Leaders of ASEAN are asked to ensure high-quality education through “Bayanihan.”

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders were asked by the Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday to embrace the spirit of “bayanihan” (cooperation) in order to raise the standard of education in the area.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic’s effects on the education sector were noted by the vice president and education secretary Sara Duterte, according to a statement from the DepEd.

In her speech at the beginning of the Southeast Asian Education Ministers for the 52nd SEAMEO Council Conference, Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte urged cooperation and urgency in addressing educational inequality and learning gaps.

Duterte emphasized the value of bayanihan throughout the conference, particularly when it comes to tackling difficulties with access to high-quality education.

“Bayanihan is a term used in the Philippines to express acts of gathering together to work toward a common objective… I pleaded with everyone to embrace the bayanihan spirit while keeping in mind who is at the center of all we do. our ASEAN students and the nation’s future leaders. Let’s continue to treat education as a common responsibility, much like the Bayanihan act, Duterte remarked.

“We must move quickly. We have no time to waste anymore. We cannot let ASEAN youngsters miss out on learning’s beauty, benefits, and miracles of being able to apply them to positively impact ASEAN and the rest of the world, she continued.

The decision was reached by the education chief after analyses of the pandemic’s effects, particularly the learning gaps caused by the suspension of in-person lessons.

More than half of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income nations, according to data from UNICEF, were unable to read or understand a basic story even before the pandemic. As a result of the disruption in education, learning poverty, or the inability to read and comprehend a simple text by the age of 10, has gotten worse and is now estimated to be close to 70%, she added.

The DepEd has committed to stepping up its efforts to implement the MATATAG (resilient) agenda for the Philippines, which calls for “MAking the curriculum relevant to produce job-ready, active, and responsible citizens; taking steps to accelerate the delivery of basic education facilities and provision of services; TAking good care of learners by promoting learner well-being, inclusive education, and a positive learning environment; and Giving support for teachers to te

“Under the direction of our President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., the Philippine government has endorsed the MATATAG education plan and pledged to boost national spending on education… We cannot fail our children, the President has emphasized. In order for them to succeed, we must assist them, according to Duterte.

Priority improvements for the education system were already identified by the DepEd for its Basic Education Report (BER) 2023.

Problems with infrastructure, such as inadequate space and disaster-related loss, the need for curriculum revision in several areas, the necessity of stepping up protection of children’s rights and welfare, corruption, and a lack of support for teachers are just a few of the key issues that have been pledged to be addressed.

Despite these, Duterte claimed that the initiative of the administration puts the nation on the right route to achieving inclusive and high-quality education.

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