School Innovations in 22 Poorest Provinces Cited

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Elementary schools in 22 poor provinces in the country have been introducing innovation and excitement into the teaching process to dramatically reduce the drop-out rate in these areas, the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS) said yesterday.

Education Undersecretary for External Affairs Dindo Manhit said that a special funding facility has been financing the innovation program, which includes providing audio-visual aids and taking elementary students from remote areas on field trips that expose them to places that they only see in pictures and illustrations.

"The central objective is to bring excitement and electricity to the learning process and this includes injecting indigenous content into the curriculum," said Manhit.

The classroom innovations originate from the teachers themselves and are evaluated and approved at the division level in line with a "ground-up" approach of the elementary education project that has provided the funding facility, said Manhit.

As of March 30, a total of 1,327 proposals have been received from various elementary schools in the 22 provinces and around 300 of these have either been implemented or approved for implementation. …