May 21, 2024 | Heeding the call of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) last year, the Department of Education (DepEd) has implemented various learning recovery initiatives to improve the quality of education in the country.

Under the stewardship of Vice President Sara Z. Duterte, the Department adopted the National Learning Recovery Plan (NLRP) to immediately address learning losses in basic education due to the pandemic.

As its critical step towards learning recovery, DepEd welcomed around 28 million learners for School Year 2022-2023 as the agency directed the mandatory conduct of full in-person classes. Blended learning or other alternative modes of delivery are only being implemented during natural or man-made calamities to ensure learning continuity.

As part of the NLRP, the Department is also set for the kickoff of the National Learning Camp (NLC), an end-of-school year voluntary program aimed to provide enrichment, consolidation, and intervention sessions for learners, on July 24.

With a two-fold purpose of improving learning outcomes and supporting teachers to teach better, the initiative aims to create a camp-like atmosphere by integrating fun and engaging activities to foster learner interests, socio-emotional skills, personal growth, and character development.

NLC will have phased implementation starting with Grades 7 and 8 with focus on English, Mathematics, and Science. Schools are also encouraged to conduct other EOSY break activities for Grades 1 to 3 and enrichment activities in other grade levels to support learning recovery across grade levels.

In addition, national programs on Reading, Mathematics, Science and Technology are also targeted to be rolled out starting School Year 2023-2024.

The programs will be implemented across the governance levels from Central Office (CO), Regional Offices (RO), School Division Offices (SDO), schools, and community learning centers (CLC) with the coordination of external partners and stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

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