The Department of Education (DepEd) is helping make the Filipino dream of a simple and comfortable life more accessible for all as it pushes the boundaries of learning further through the Education Summit 2016. According to Ambisyon Natin 2040, the National Economic and Development Authority's (NEDA) 25-year development planning guide recently adopted by the Duterte administration, 79.2 percent of Filipinos commonly share the aspiration to have "a comfortable life, free of hardship and worry." To fulfill this, average Filipino families strive to send their children to school, and ultimately to see them finish college and land gainful employment. "Lahat sila gusto nilang makatapos ang mga anak nila sa college, nakikita rin natin ito sa statistics ng nag-e-enroll, 60 percent gustoacademic. . . but in this world of ours now, you can be a successful artist, designer, without having to finish college," Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones stated in reference to the four tracks being offered in the Senior High School (SHS) program. During the pre-Education Summit press conference, Briones underscored that higher formal education is no longer today's measure of success, moreover, of the capacity to provide and sustain a simple and comfortable life. "These are choices which they can make when they are in high school. . . If you can spread the stories of [people in] sports, arts and culture being successful, respected and admired, we can invite more kids to go into these particular choices," Briones pointed out. Hence, the Summit's aim to define the medium and long-term education vision and agenda for the trifocal education system - basic education, technical-vocational education, and tertiary education. "We are serious about the motto of 'education for all,' we keep on saying 'no one left behind' but so many are left behind, sa totoo lang. We also have to make room for them, [and] this is where the three of us [DepEd, TESDA, and CHED] are working together," Briones iterated. For the Education chief, since education is very dear to every Filipino family's hearts, a specific summit on education is a step in the right direction toward nurturing the Filipino dream of being able to have enough to live decently and prepare together for the future. The Education Summit 2016 will be held at the SMX Convention Center on November 3 to 4.
Source: Philippine Information Agency