The widespread international commitment to realize Education for All (EFA) solidifies the inherent value of basic education not only for individual development but also for the overall social development of any nation.
The Philippines’ commitment to EFA is being realized with the fulfillment of EFA Plan of Action 2015 Critical Task No. 5, which mandates lengthening its cycle of basic education to 12 years. As such, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, in his first state of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2010, made it a priority to lengthen the education cycle in the country. Aligned with the current administration’s commitment, the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) is now implementing the K to 12 Education Program.
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) has been providing support to DepEd, first by undertaking a regional review of the curricula of four Southeast Asian countries–Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. The study affirmed that basic education in the country must undergo reforms to meet the demands of the twenty-first century. Furthermore, SEAMEO INNOTECH has committed to allocate funds to develop K to 12 collaterals, including a K to 12 Toolkit to assist the DepEd in relaying important information that is critical to the full understanding of the K to 12 education reform initiative.
SEAMEO INNOTECH hopes that with the publication of this K to 12 Toolkit, the teachers, school heads, and other education stakeholders will be better informed and be more supportive of the critical and urgent task of reforming education through the K to 12 Education Program.