July 13, 2024

The Department of Education, through the Child Protection Unit (CPU), renewed discussions on bullying reduction and securing child well-being in schools as part of the National Children’s Month celebration.

Consistent with the theme, “Kalusugan, kaisipan, at kapakanan ng bawat bata ating tutukan”, DepEd’s NCM covers four categories of children’s rights including survival rights, development rights, participation rights, and protection rights.

Special celebrations for children will also be observed simultaneously in every DepEd regional and schools division offices and in schools.

The 30th NCM aims to acknowledge the magnitude of the mental health concerns among children pre- and during the Covid-19 pandemic and meet and improve the mental health of Filipino children through activities that respond to the categories of children’s rights, among others.

“I am positive that this celebration of the 30th National Children’s Month will spark more meaningful initiatives to create an informed, highly self-aware generation of learners,” Vice President and DepEd Sec. Sara Duterte said.

The DepEd also launched its bullying prevention campaign that ensures the function of child protection committees and promotes community participation in advocating for child rights and protection.

“Every contribution, whether it’s taking part in a school or community event, looking out for someone being bullied, or raising awareness through conversation, makes a difference and changes lives. Look for ways to get involved,” Atty. Suzette Gannaban-Medina, CPU OIC director III said. – Press release