With most people not allowed to go out during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period, parents are finally able to spend more time with their children – and the kids no longer go out with their friends. So, this is certainly the best time to bond with family.
The Department of Education (DepEd) thinks that this is also the best time for parents to teach their children at home. After all, learning should not be limited to the classroom but could also be done at home. Moreover, learning is not limited to textbooks and academics but should also include other aspects in life.
“We ask parents to take advantage of the quarantine to teach their children various skills. Learning or education does not only depend on school the four corners of the classroom,” encouraged DepEd spokesperson and undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla.
Speaking during the televised “Laging Handa” public briefing, Sevilla enjoined parents to teach the 4 Cs of 21st century skills, namely, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. These are skills that parents can teach their children at home, even without the help of a teaching guide.
“Parents can also make use of this time to teach their children love of country and helping the community. Parents can explain to their children their role or responsibility in dealing with situations like this,” Sevilla added.
Those interested to continue learning their lessons are encouraged to check online portals such as the Online Alternative Learning Delivery Platforms, including DepEd Commons. The online platform is now being used by over 500,000 teachers from across the Philippines.
“We highly encourage teachers with available resources and access to the internet to explore the Online Alternative Learning Delivery Platforms identified by the DepEd ICTS that may be used for delivering distance learning during periods of class suspensions and similar circumstances,” the DepEd announced.
“However, given that not everyone has access to a stable internet connection, online classes are only given as an option for those who have access to such medium. We have always looked into the circumstances of our teachers and learners in these pressing times.”
Still, the education department said that it is working on ensuring that all schools and offices will have internet connection in the future.