DepEd Pushes Arts and Culture

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DepEd Pushes Arts and Culture


MANILA, Philippines - Education Secretary Armin Luistro challenged teachers and cultural officers to come up with doable and practical program that would bring arts education outside the classroom to help bring culture back into national consciousness especially among young people."What we need is to come up with an arts and culture program that would naturally attract students into it without having to force them," said Luistro during the first National Conference on Arts and Culture organized by the Association of Cultural Offices in Philippine Educational Institutions, (ACOPEI) Inc. "Artists like you need to be more creative to bring arts education about especially to ordinary citizens," he added.The two-day conference dubbed "Arts and Culture in the Academe-not an afterthought: Building the Foundations of a Creative Campus Environment" started on April 14 at the College of Saint Benilde Hotel in Manila was participated in by member schools including Adamson University, De La Salle University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Far Eastern University, University of the East, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, Lyceum of the Philippines University and University of the Philippines-Manila. It aims to create a venue for discussion with the government institutions in culture and education regarding the status of culture and arts education in the academe.According to ACOPEI President Glorife Samodio, the event also aims to provide the participants - mostly cultural officers and educators and arts managers in the academe from different universities nationwide - with additional knowledge on artistic programming, production management, and audience development. "More efforts should be made to create campus environment that nurture and harness creativity, innovation, and critical thinking among students," she added.Luistro, who served as plenary speaker, talked about "The Role of Culture and the Arts in Education. He said that the Department of Education (DepEd)-the agency responsible for delivering and providing free public basic education to more than 20 million learners in pre-school, elementary and secondary levels-is committed to a culture of excellence envisioning every learner to be functionally literate, equipped with life skills and appreciative of the arts, imbued with desirable values of a person. …

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