DepEd strengthens policies for the promotion and protection of children’s rights
Through the Office of Children’s Rights through Education, the Office of the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs is organizing the 3rd National Summit on Children’s Rights in Education with the theme “Batang may K : Karapatan ng bata sa edukasyon, kasama ang lahat sa pagsulong”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
THROUGH its Legal Affairs component, the Department of Education (DepEd) highlighted the agency’s various initiatives in promoting and implementing rights-based education (RBE) for this year.
In his end-of-year report to the DepEd General Assembly, Atty. Josephine Maribojoc, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, highlighted the agency’s advocacy to develop happy, well-rounded and intelligent children enjoying their rights in school, learning centers and other environments. learning through the RBE.
RBE promoted three dimensions: the right to access education, the right to quality education and the right to respect in the learning environment, which includes the right to identity and non-discrimination. , the right to be heard and to participate, and the right to protection from all forms of violence and abuse.
In early 2021, the Office of the Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs also spearheaded the creation of the Office for Child Rights in Education (CREDe) and the Child Protection Unit (CPU) by the 2021 DepEd Series #003 bias.
DepEd introduced CREDe and CPU, which used a whole-school, pan-DepEd, whole-government and whole-society approach in calling on all education stakeholders as duty bearers to uphold the rights of every child, especially in basic education.
Together with the Child Protection Unit (CPU), CREDe has been tasked with upholding children’s rights to accessible, quality basic education and protecting them from all forms of abuse, violence, neglect and any other act preventing children from exercising their constitutional and international rights.