The Department of Education (DepEd) has thanked its partners in its new learning approaches in 2020 amidst the prevailed Covid-19 pandemic even as it vows to persevere in 2021 to address recurring and new challenges in the new year.
“Many new things, many challenges to face but we’ll persevere as we have always persevered as the DepEd is the primary institution for the molding and development of our learners, for the future of our country,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said in her holiday message during the Virtual Thanksgiving and General Assembly held recently.
Briones stressed too that Christmas is about the spirit of giving, peace, goodwill, and hope as she reflected on the challenges DepEd faced in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other calamities.
“Another message of Christmas is hope. The hope before was the coming of a Messiah, the Savior, the one who will save us from all our troubles. Christmas tells us that life is more than what we are facing right now. Life is more than Covid-19, life is more than all the threats that we are facing at present all the difficulties because there is always hope,” she said.
Briones expressed the hope that the drastic changes in education brought by the pandemic will further transform Philippine education in response to the changing world.
“Education is not going to be the same as education during my time or during your time; it’s going to change and the change has already started. We already recognize the signals, we see the increased role of technology and science. “We see the need to encourage not only our teachers but our learners to not only specialize and memorize; but to know many things, to know how to analyze, to know how to be objective, to know how to come to break a problem apart and come up with a solution. This is the kind of education we want,” she said.
DepEd officials and personnel led by Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla, Undersecretary for Planning Service and Bureau of Human Resources and Organizational Development Jesus Mateo, and Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Josephine Maribojoc attended the virtual event.
Briones also conveyed her department’s gratitude to organizations and individuals that supported their mission to deliver education amidst the pandemic through a “Heal The World 2020” video.
Dubbed as DepEd #Pasasalamat, the music video featured the Pilipinas Got Talent champion Marcelito Pomoy, teachers, learners, Briones herself and other stakeholders singing together.
“Indeed, it will take an entire nation to raise our children and in that endeavor, we thank all of you parents, teachers, personnel, partners, stakeholders, and all of you for believing and keeping faith with us amidst these challenges,” Briones said.
“This is for the future of our country and our children. Your continued support serves as an inspiration for us to further fulfill our duty and overcome all of these varied challenges. Together, let us heal and let us triumph as one,” she added.