MANILA - UNICEF joined the Department of Education (DepEd) in its Brigada Eskwela campaign as it calls for inclusive education for all children.
The UN agency has been working with government and other partners to promote inclusive education, as well as to ensure that all children enjoy their right to learn.
"We appreciate the efforts of the government in advancing inclusive education in the entire school system by increasing the schools’ capacity to respond to diversity. UNICEF will work hand in hand with the government to make sure that learners’ needs are recognized and addressed in the classrooms," UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander said in a statement.
UNICEF's education experts led by Chief of Education Hideko Miyagawa joined a clean-up drive in Sampaloc Elementary School.
Under the leadership of DepEd and with the help of other education partners, UNICEF is working to ensure all children, especially those who are excluded because of disabilities, language, location and poverty, are in school and are given meaningful learning opportunities.
"We support the global thrust for inclusive education which eliminates discrimination and makes learning child-centered,” Miyagawa said.
She noted that an inclusive learning environment celebrates diversity.