Environmental Education Now Part of Curriculum
CONSISTENT with the policy of the State to protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology and cognizant of the vital role of the youth and the education sector in nation-building, the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008 (Republic Act No. 9512) was enacted on December 12, 2008.
All public and private schools are now required to integrate environmental education in their curricula on all levels, including barangay daycare, pre-school, non-formal technical vocational, professional, indigenous learning, and out-of-school youth courses or programs.
The law, that declared November every year as Environmental Awareness Month, cites environmental concepts, principles, and laws; the state of international and local environmental degradation and its impact on human well-being; the responsibility of all citizens to the environment; and the value of conservation, protection, and rehabilitation of our natural resources and the environment in the context of sustainable development. Previously, it was voluntary on the part of schools to integrate environmental issues, protection, and conservation in their lessons. …