Marlon Fulo and Dave Tabaniag
LCDPFI’s Inclusive Education Program made another bold step with the end in mind of improving further the capacities of regular teachers in public elementary school to handle children with disabilities which are enrolled in regular classes.
Teachers, schools administrators, supervisors and even education specialists from the Department of Education stormed Viewpoint Inn and Restaurant in Tagaytay City last October 27-29, 2011, to draft the first Training Module on Inclusive Education for Regular Teachers.
The said activity was aimed to outline specific skills and guidelines on how to handle children with disabilities enrolled in regular classes or children with disabilities enrolled in a class together with a non-disabled classmate.
Being a training manual, teachers even in far flung schools will have the opportunity to learn specific skills in handling children disabilities even without attending seminar due to lack of finances. The good thing about the training manual is that it could also be used in transferring the teaching technology to other regular teachers with the aid of education specialists or supervisors within the schools’ division.
“Very timely naman po talaga yang plano niyo (training). Salamat at masasagot na partially ang mga problema namin… (The planned training is timely. I am thankful that some of our (teaching) problems will be addressed…) said Ms. Evelyn Matienzo of Commonwealth Elementary School, who was one of the resource persons in the said activity.
The Tagaytay activity was attended by seven (7) public elementary school teachers, three (3) principals and school administrators, and four (4) education specialists, spearheaded by Dr. Elivra Rocal of DepEd NCR office, together with LCDPF- Inclusive Education (IE) Programme Team.
The said activity is a joint undertaking of the Department of Education and the Inclusive Education Program of LCDPFI.
Inclusive Education aims to bring non-disabled children and children with disabilities together in one classroom. There is an urgent need, therefore, for regular teachers to vary their teaching styles in order to enhance learning for all students.
Through the training manual, the LCDPF-IE Programme Team seeks to look for opportunities to influence the prevailing education paradigm in the Philippines. This is their humble contribution to the cause of promoting the right of children with disabilities (CWDs) to an inclusive education, as expressed in Article 24 (on Education) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).