The Department of Education, along with the Philippine Commission on Women and the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and their Children, joins the observance of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW) from November 25 to December 12.
The campaign focuses on information dissemination about VAW and how the victims and survivors of violence can seek assistance from government and non-government organizations.
Gender and Development lesson exemplars which also teaches equality between men and women is currently being incorporated in lessons among elementary and high school students in public schools.
“It is important that children learn at an early age that violence in any form is not acceptable more so if inflicted against women and children,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro. He added that gender equality is integrated across subjects such as English, Filipino, Araling Panlipunan and even Mathematics.
Meanwhile, in observance of the week-long trafficking in persons (TIP), DepEd is also joining the awareness program of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) from December 5 to 12.
The campaign aims to inform the community on the modus operandi of traffickers and educate young students on the issue because of their vulnerability to traffickers.
The information campaign will be via a 40-minute film showing during the Makabayan lesson or any equivalent subject in selected public schools across the country.
I’t’s about time that people know the implication of this, anyone who exploits another’s weakness to make personal profit from it by either abducting them or trading them for prostitution or child labor should be know what and how the government stand on these.
Children should be taught not only at home but also at school how to be responsible enough not to use physical force or any means to hurt others and that they at young ages know what consequences they will be facing if they chose to do so. Also, the role of the personnel at school pays a big impact on how the students see violence and human-trafficking and should be given the proper information on how to deal with it, if caught in the situation, like who to call or where to go, basically, what to do.
Another great job for DEPED! Truly show how they care enough for the students as major players in the society and how education is integral in shaping our community, a safe, and responsible one.