Sustain Our Teachers' Enthusiasm; Enable Young Learners To Hurdle The Learning Crisis
Manila Bulletin|September 30, 2021
For 10 years now, the period from Sept. 5 to Oct. 5 of every year has been observed as National Teachers Month (NTM), by virtue of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Proclamation No. 242. The observance culminates on Oct. 5 that, by virtue of Republic Act 10743, is observed as World Teachers Day (WTD) and National Teachers Day (NTD) pursuant to a UNESCO mandate.

Philippine public schools opened last Sept. 13 and the country’s school system is on the second year of blended learning — as the resumption of face-to-face classes still needs to undergo a pilot testing phase.

Coterminous with the national health emergency and the severe economic recession, the learning crisis has been flagged as the third most serious problem brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Department of Education (DepEd), the theme for this years observance is “Gurong Filipino: Katuwang sa Hamon, Kasama sa Pagbangon, or “Filipino Teacher: Partner in the Challenge and Recovery” phases of the global pandemic.

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