Artists fill K to 12 needs

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Monday, August 4, 2014


ARTISTS will be included in the new K to 12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the DepEd Cultural Education Program (NDCEP) and Unesco's South East Asia Centre for Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development (SEA CLLSD) has called on stakeholders to discuss the key role of the arts will have in the educational roadmap of the K to 12 program.

The Luzon regional consultation convened Regional SPA Coordinators, SPA Division and School Coordinators from DepEd as well as artists and arts organizations to formulate ways to make the Arts Track of the K12 program a success come its implementation in 2015.

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NDCEP chairperson Alice Pañares said artists under the new K to 12 Arts Track can be accredited to teach their expertise in schools, merging formal and non formal education for the students.

The DepEd and the NCCA has agreed to collaborate for the conduct of cultural education programs and activities.

The DepEd arts track offers 14 arts courses which includes animation in 3D, 2D and digital, photography, visual and graphic design, illustration, product design, performing arts in singing, dancing and ballroom, web design and ice sculpture.

Pañares said the program will equip existing artists to be able to teach the K to 12 program giving them certification to be eligible, recognizing their skill and artistic knowledge and bringing it to the academe.

The goals of the Luzon Regional Consultation is aimed to update coordinators, teachers of the SPAs, who are in charge of the Arts programs of their schools, of the changes and programs for our students and teachers in the new K to 12 program and for the Senior High School, Grades 11 and 12 who will choose their preferred tracks next year.

The consultation also aims to provide information on the new and important role of arts educators and artists groups in the implementation of the K to 12 Arts programs for regular schools, for SPA schools and for the courses in the new DepEd arts track.

Arts is one the professions students will choose out of the four tracks that Grade 11 is to enrol in next school year.

The consultation aims to get feedback from SPA schools and artists groups in Luzon on arts skills and courses they are offering and are prepared to offer for the arts track, which the DepEd is to offer.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 05, 2014.

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