Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Atty. Alberto Muyot recently highlighted the importance of innovative ways of teaching learners, enabling them to absorb and retain more of their lessons. During the grand launch of "Oyayi," an educational and age-appropriate children show spearheaded by the National Council for Children's Television (NCCT) and Christian Broadcasting and Networks (CBN) Asia, Muyot emphasized that this television program will impart important values and additional knowledge to learners. These values and lessons are vital in the personal and social development of learners-making them responsive to the needs of the 21st century. Muyot further highlighted that aside from catering to the youth, Oyayi also caters to adults because it tackles current issues in the society. "Napapanahon ang mga issues na tinatalakay sa mga episodes ng Oyayi. Ito ang gumigising at nagbibigay sa atin ng karagdagang kaalaman na hindi lang nakukuha sa mga aklat at sa discussions sa classrooms," Muyot said. Some of the issues and topics covered by the episodes of Oyayi include the safety measures during and after calamities, ways to save the environment, and social effects of excessive use of gadgets such as cellphones and tablets, among others. Moreover, acknowledging the changes brought by the 21st century innovations, Muyot said, "I think, the technology-including the production of educational television programs-can sometimes be a better 'teacher' to students, given the convenience and the different approach it offers to learners." Also, Muyot suggests the production of teachers' guide, and learning materials, which are parallel to the topics of the TV program Oyayi. "Through this, we may be able to widen the students' appreciation of issues in our community, society, and the whole country," Muyot stated. Oyayi airs every Sunday at 9:15 a.m. on ABS-CBN. The National Council for Children's Television (NCCT) is an attached agency of DepEd, mandated to promote and encourage the production and broadcast of quality television programs for children. To know more about the TV program and NCCT, please visit http://ncct.gov.ph/.
Source: Philippine Information Agency