Assessment on the Philippines’ Level of Integration of “Learning to Live Together” in Basic Education

This study was commissioned by UNESCO Office in Bangkok as a component of a larger regional assessment of the status of integration of UNESCO’s “learning to live together” pillar of lifelong learning in the basic education systems of Asia and the Pacific.


The Center was engaged to undertake a situational assessment of the Philippines in terms of how the country has gone about, or is going about, integrating the UNESCO “learning to live together” pillar in the curriculum, teaching and assessment of basic education.


The key informant interviews and focus group discussions revealed the extent to which the illustrative competencies of ‘learning to live together’ are reflected in the different aspects of the Philippine basic education system, and documented best practices in the area.


The study revealed that important policies were already in place over two decades ago when values education was integrated in the Philippine curriculum. Some education agencies have added emerging concepts of peace education and citizenship education, and recently the K to 12 curriculum also added personhood. The study also identified several good practices in integrating learning to live together concepts in basic education.


The final report was submitted to UNESCO Bangkok last September 2013 and presented in a regional forum in December 2013.

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