‘Back to Learning in a Safe School’ campaign kicks off

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Sunday, May 18, 2014


THE "Back to Learning in a Safe School" campaign in Yolanda-affected areas is set to kick off Wednesday.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the campaign with the Education Cluster and other development partners.

The launching will be held simultaneously at the Kapangian Central School in Tacloban City and Dulag South Central School in Dulag, Leyte.

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement that initiatives will be launched to continuously “support 550,000 children, as cluster target, teachers and day-care workers to return to school and learning in the Typhoon Yolanda-affected regions.”

The target children will be provided with school and recreational supplies while 10,000 teachers and day care workers will be afforded with trainings on emergency-related topics.

After Yolanda, around 3,000 classrooms have been repaired and made functional while temporary learning spaces were established to cater to pupils who have to go back to school.

“Resuming education in a safe learning environment is a crucial element in helping children regain a sense of normalcy and stability after disasters; schools must continue to provide a framework for psychosocial support that anguished children need to recover from, and ensure all children affected by the typhoon come back to school by June 2,” the statement added.

Also supporting the campaign are the InterSOS, Save the Children and Plan International.

The activity in Tacloban City will kick off with a community parade along major routes of the city and will end at the Kapangian Central School.

The event is expected to be graced by DepEd Undersecretary Mario Deriquito, UNICEF representative to the Philippines Lotta Sylwander, DepEd regional director Luisa B. Yu and Mayor Alfred Romualdez. (PNA)

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