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DepEd holds webinars on child protection as education shifts to distance learning

The Department of Education (DepEd) is holding a series of webinars on child protection for parents and teachers as the Philippine education system shifts to distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement on Tuesday, DepEd said it will hold the 14-part webinar series throughout September and on the first week of October.

The DepEd has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Stairway Foundation, and Save the Children Philippines for the webinars—which could be viewed on the department’s Facebook page.

“It aims to capacitate school leaders, teachers, and parents on child rights in education, child protection in education in the time of COVID-19, and positive discipline in education for parents and guardians,” the department said.

Upcoming webinars will be streamed on Sept. 14 and 15 for topics on children’s rights in education and development.

Webinars on positive discipline will be streamed on Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Oct. 7. Children protection sessions, meanwhile, will be held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

The education department added that the webinars are a recognized professional development program by the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP).

“As a professional development program recognized by the NEAP, the webinar series will be able to award professional development credit units to participants, following applicable DepEd issuances,” the DepEd said.

“With the webinar series being in line with the Basic Education – Learning Continuity Plan, educators and teachers are especially encouraged to watch and participate in the webinar series,” it added.

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