Thirty three (33) Araling Panlipunan teachers from almost all secondary schools in the province of Abra were trained on the Population and Development Education modules or the PopDevEd. From July 7-9, 2016, the teachers were taught basic concepts on population dynamics, demography, population health & environment and reproductive health using the PopDevEd modules developed by the Philippine Center for Population and Development (PCPD) and the University of San Carlos in Cebu City.
The Commission on Population-CAR worked with the Department of Education Division office of Abra to bring the teachers to the West Bangued Elementary School for the training. The teachers convened as part of their regular meeting as members of the Association of Araling Panlipunan teachers. The training aimed to equip secondary teachers on the key messages and information on Population and development so that they may contribute more to alleviating reproductive health and development issues among the youth. Each teacher was provided with a copy of the complete book on the PopDevEd module.
The modules were developed by the PCPD together with professors from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. Its aim is to develop a better integrated approach in discussing the concepts of Population and development for the youth and adding this new module to the existing curriculums in elementary, secondary and tertiary schools. Topics in the module include a values based approach to population health and development, the reproductive system, fertility, boy-girl relationships and marriage. These modules have been developed in several catholic schools & universities and all have been pretested before being collated into the complete guidebook for teachers.
Although the modules were specifically developed for Catholic Schools, its mixture of scientific and spiritual values-based approaches into discussing youth and population development can be applied to existing curriculums of public schools and universities in the country.
The DepEd-Abra Division office committed to also conduct a training for elementary teachers for the same modules in the future.