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The return of F2F lessons in PH is praised by UNICEF

On Monday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) praised the pupils’ return to the classroom and the Philippine government for taking “decisive actions” to resume traditional classroom instruction.

Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, a UNICEF representative in the Philippines, said in a statement on Monday that the reintroduction of in-person instruction is just the “first of many steps” in the process of recovering learning.

Every day spent in the classroom provides an opportunity for growth and to lay out the course for a system of education that is efficient, equal, and resilient, according to Dendevnorov.

Monday marked the start of the school year 2022–2023 in public elementary and secondary schools all around the nation, more than two years after the coronavirus pandemic started.

While required in-person sessions begin on November 2, blended learning, or a mix of in-person and online education, will be available until October 31.

Children who experience learning poverty at the age of 10 are unable to read and comprehend a simple text because of “prolonged school closures, poor health risk mitigation, and household-income shocks,” according to UNICEF.

The report noted that “vulnerable children, such as children with disabilities, children living in geographically remote and poor places, and children living in disaster and conflict zones suffer significantly worse.”

The Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education of the Bangsamoro Region, the Department of Education (DepEd), and the Early Childhood Care and Development Council were also praised by UNICEF for the revival of face-to-face instruction.

“UNICEF supports the safe reopening of all schools and early learning centers in the Philippines by providing technical assistance through guidelines and standard operating procedures, supporting the Bangsamoro education ministry, assisting local governments in reopening pre-schools, outfitting schools with WASH facilities, and cleaning and disinfection kits, conducting rapid literacy assessments, and learning recovery programs,” it said.

Earlier, DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa stated that the return of F2F classes has been “orderly and calm” in the majority of public schools nationwide.

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