DepEd's K to 12: "Yes" to Rice Terraces, "No" to Mangroves?
"...For those in senior high school, we developed a curriculum based on the Rice Terraces. What we did was embed the engineering concepts of the Ifugaos in the math and science subjects. The Ifugaos already had this engineering knowledge even before the arrival of the Spaniards in the Philippines. What we’re showing is that engineering is not a foreign concept for Filipinos. If early Filipinos didn’t understand engineering, then they couldn’t have built the Rice Terraces. These early Filipinos already have a hydro and agricultural system that has been preserved for the past 2,000 years. That’s my point when I say that the old curriculum is a little alien for Filipinos...."
"Posted below is one of my many letters for DepEd to mainstream the modules. These letters were followed up by 3 visits to the DepEd headquarters in Manila (side errands to official trips, as I am based in Iloilo) trying to seek audience with both high and lower officials of the Department ... to no avail. In short, I was given the run-around. I have a paper trail to show the processing of my request -- actually simple up-down and lateral movements, but no real progress in terms of the mangrove lessons getting an inch closer to primary students (in public schools), their target audience.
Now I read that the Rice Terraces are used to introduce schoolchildren to engineering concepts. The Pew modules likewise use mangroves as an entry point to introduce students to continental drift, earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges, greenbelts and other scientific concepts/phenomena. No need for DepEd to invest time and money in development, only in reproducing and mainstreaming the modules in coastal primary schools throughout the country. So perhaps someone in this egroup can show Sec. Luistro that the mangrove modules in fact are rich in lessons that can ground a child to his native ecology, specifically, the mangrove ecosystem (and also coral reefs and seagrasses) which is as tropical as you can get. BTW, some half dozen copies have been submitted to various DepEd officials. For any help in increasing mangrove awareness, thank you."
Instructional Modules for Mangroves Education
|Module 1||Starting a Walk to the Mangroves|| Dr. Purita P. Bilbao|
|Module 2||Mangroves: Growing Forest by the Sea||Dr. Crisanto Lopez, Jr.|
|Module 3||Mangroves: Take a Closer Look|| Prof. Ruth L. Gelvezon|
|Module 4||Mangroves: Our Natural Treasure|| Prof. Marievic Violeta|
|Module 5||Mangroves: Our Responsibility|
|B. High School Level|
|Module 1||The Mangrove Ecosystem||Prof. Jeannemar Genevieve Y. Figueras|
|Module 2||Mangrove Ecosystem Energetics||Dr. Lourdes N. Morano|
|Module 3||Man and Mangroves||Prof. Ma. Elena Bernadette P. Hojilla|
|Module 4||Natural Forces and the Mangrove Forest||Dr. Edna D. Domínguez|
|Module 5||Mangrove Conservation|| Dr. Carla B. Torre|
The following is another education kit on mangroves, authored by Jens Marquardt and Malcolm Trevena, and supported by The Center for Education, Research and Volunteerism in the Philippines (CERV) and Meaningful Volunteer.