DepEd adopts Capiz’ safe home learning spaces initiative

The Department of Education (DepEd) has adopted the “safe home learning spaces” initiative of the Schools Division of Capiz to be replicated nationwide.

DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali Jr., in his message during the virtual launching of the Brigada Eskwela in Western Visayas recently, said the department is using the initiative as a model to advance the basic education learning continuity plan (BE-LCP) while face-to-face classes are still not allowed.

BE-LCP aims to provide quality distance learning using self-learning modules in digital and printed form, radio, television, and the internet.

“We are inspired by that (safe home learning spaces). As you can see that is one of our focuses in the Brigada Eskwela, having that kind of learning space,” Umali said.

The safe home learning spaces concept calls for the focus of instruction to shift from classrooms to the learners’ homes, said Capiz Schools Division Superintendent Salvador O. Ochavo Jr, in a video presentation.

A small space or corner in their houses will be converted into a “classroom” with parents, siblings of learners, and other relatives as facilitators using various learning modalities.

In addition to pushing for the safe home learning spaces, the regional launching of the Brigada Eskwela also introduced the Brigada Pagbasa Program, a national movement for reading.

On June 18, 2021, the central office of DepEd and the World Vision Development Foundation (WVDF) virtually signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the program.

WVDF Brigada Pagbasa program director Geomel P. Jetonzo, in his presentation, said the initiative aims to bring together education champions in helping children enhance their reading skills.

The Brigada Eskwela marked the start of the preparations for the September 13 opening of classes for the school year 2021-2022. (PNA)