USAID, DepEd to produce gender responsive and socially inclusive TV episodes for all grade levels

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Education celebrated International Day of the Girl on October 14 by deepening their commitment to producing gender-responsive and socially inclusive episodes of DepEd. .

In line with the theme of the celebration: “The Digital Generation, Our Generation,” which calls for increased access to digital technology, as well as improved digital learning and literacy, USAID is partners with the Department of Education to train over 500 TV screenwriters and teachers. -Broadcasters in creating equitable and inclusive educational television episodes for all grade levels and fields.

USAID will also support the addition of Philippine Sign Language inserts and subtitles to 200 episodes, the conversion of another 200 episodes to radio instruction, the translation of 50 episodes into native languages, and the production of 16 new ones. DepEd TV episodes in English and Filipino. topics. These efforts will help more than 25 million Filipino learners, according to the U.S. Embassy.

USAID Office of Education Director in the Philippines, Dr Thomas LeBlanc, underscored the importance of digital inclusion as essential for the well-being of children and for the success of learners. , especially girls in the most difficult and vulnerable conditions: learn, win and make their voices heard.

“The partnership between USAID and DepEd is a step towards promoting digital inclusion, especially among young children – girls and boys, of all abilities – wherever they are in the Philippines, said LeBlanc.

“With the support of USAID, we are using technology to ensure inclusive education for all, especially during this pandemic,” said Under Secretary of Education Alain Del Pascua. “All children, regardless of gender, race, beliefs and social status, need to be provided with a quality education, whether in traditional classrooms or through a digital approach to learning. “

Del Pascua added: ‘As Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones always says:’Walang batang maiiwan. ‘ [No child will be left behind]. “

The aid is part of USAID’s “All Children Reading Philippines” project: a four-year project worth 253.67 million pesos ($ 5 million) that supports DepEd in improving outcomes by reading for early childhood students.

For the past 60 years, USAID has worked with the Philippine government and local organizations to achieve common development goals, investing more than 258.75 billion pesos ($ 5.1 billion) to support the country since 1961.

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