DepEd plans to expand K-12 curriculum to include global citizenship

The Bureau of Curriculum Development has updated and recalibrated the curriculum to be on par with the international curriculum, particularly through the integration of global citizenship education. THE MANILA TIMES FILE PHOTO

The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to expand its K-12 curriculum to incorporate topics of inclusivity and global citizenship to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to become responsible citizens of the world.

According to DepEd, the Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD) has updated and recalibrated the curriculum to be on par with the international curriculum, particularly through the integration of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) .

Through this, students will be equipped and empowered with values, knowledge and skills based on and instilling respect for human rights, social justice, diversity, gender equality and sustainability environmental.

To ensure better integration of GCED, DepEd has also coordinated with different organizations around the world to take note of best practices, initiatives and projects that will contribute to the integration of gender sensitivity and responsiveness, appreciation cultural and inclusiveness in the program.

BCD Director Jocelyn Andaya said the Philippines Basic Education (PBE) was able to advocate for GCED in the curriculum, especially through the establishment of structural mechanisms and support GCED initiatives at different levels of governance over the past three years.

She assured that her office is committed to advancing GCED courses and reaching the 27 million learners in basic education, and pushing back all limits limiting its optimization.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary of Education for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio also expressed support for GCED mainstreaming, stressing the need to empower students to build and to rebuild peaceful communities in their respective places.

“In our brushstrokes to shape the program, we not only integrate the concepts of disaster risk reduction management, gender and cultural sensitivity, but also inclusivity and global citizenship. All of this is important to raise awareness of our curriculum to ensure that our learners develop holistically and embody being lifelong learners,” he added.


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