Environmental group BAN Toxics called for an improved basic education that considers the environment in enhancing basic education program under “Matatag.”
Citing information from the Department of Education Order No. 13, s. 2023, the MATATAG agenda has four critical components: MAke the curriculum relevant to produce competent and job-ready, active, and responsible citizens; TAke steps to accelerate delivery of basic education facilities and services; TAke good care of learners by promoting learner well-being, inclusive education, and a positive learning environment; and Give support to teachers to teach better.
“As DepEd sees the need to revise the basic education curriculum recognizing structural challenges burdening our education system, real and meaningful reforms in the education system need to be holistic. DepEd must take into account our planet’s critical investments if we are to build a stronger nation,” said Rey San Juan, executive director of BAN Toxics.
“As MATATAG seeks to revise the K to 12 curriculum, we call on DepEd to incorporate environmental education to produce responsible young people who learn and act for our planet,” he added.
A study by UNESCO reveals that education is not giving students sufficient knowledge to adapt, act, and respond to climate change and environmental crises.
“The country faces serious environmental challenges disproportionately impacting the poor and vulnerable. Let us educate and build the ability of our young ones and future generations to become environmentally resilient, better able to cope with the impact, and meet their own needs.”
BAN Toxics has been ramping up its campaign Toxics-Free and Waste-Free School Program (TFSP) to raise awareness of toxic pollution in schools. The TFSP aims to promote safe and environment-friendly alternatives and engages schools and communities on proper sound chemicals and waste management.