Celebration of Earth Day 2021
Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1481, s. 2008 declaring April 22 of every year as the Philippines’ Earth Day, the Department of Education (DepEd) reaffirms its commitment to strengthening the Makakalikasan value of learners and personnel, especially in the light of climate change.
In this connection, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, including schools district offices, schools division offices (SDOs) and regional offices (ROs) are encouraged to participate in the online celebration of Earth Day with the theme, PINASiglang Mundo (Restore the Earth), from April 20 to 22, 2021.
The Earth Day Online Celebration aims to promote environment protection among DepEd stakeholders, rally more learners and personnel to be engaged in environment actions, and provide a platform for learners to showcase their commitment to earth restoration.
The activities to be led by DepEd for Earth 2021 are as follows:
a. April 20, 2021, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
i. Storytelling for Elementary Learners
ii. Makakalikasan Creative Activity on Sustainable Dining where selected participants may be awarded with prizes
b. April 21, 2021, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
i. Panel Discussion with selected learners, teachers, and personnel on Decreasing Single-Use Plastics in Schools
c. April 22, 2021, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
i, Messages from DepEd Officials
ii. Launch of the KaLikHasan! Likha at Lakas ng Kabataan para sa Kalikasan: A Creative Source book on the Use of Theater for Climate Education and Action
iii. Re-launch of the Microsite on Curated Resources for Teaching Climate Change
Moreover, DepEd supports the program of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) on April 22, 2021, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Interested DepEd personnel and learners may submit their Earth Day Pledge at http://bit.ly/DepEdEarthDay Pledge2021 not later than April 8, 2021. Please refer to Enclosure No. 3 for more information.
The learners and personnel are also invited to the ZOOMba session at 7:30-7:45 a.m. on April 22, 2021 where they are encouraged to post their action photos with the following hashtags for monitoring purposes: #RestoreOurEarth, #WalangPlastikan, #PlasticFreePH, #EarthDay2021, and #DepEdClimateAction. The Department reminds them to exercise due diligence in the use of social media.
There will be no registration fee, and pre-registration is not required. The activities will be streamed live at the DepEd Philippines Facebook Page at https:/ /www.facebook.com/DepartmentOfEducation.PH.
For DepEd-led activities, certificates will be given after the accomplishment of program evaluation and a short quiz through a link which will be provided at the end of each session. For CCC-led activities, learners and personnel may send a screenshot of their attendance at http://bit.ly/ EarthDay2021 RequestforCerts.
Schools and offices may initiate activities in observance of Earth Day 2021. Activities conducted at a distance are recommended, in consideration of the ongoing pandemic. Health and safety protocols should be followed at all times.
The following documents are enclosed for the information and guidance of those who will participate in the Earth Day 2021:
a. Enclosure No. 1 – Earth Day 2021 DepEd Concept Note,
b. Enclosure No. 2 – Earth Day 2021 CCC Concept Note, and
c. Enclosure No. 3 – My Earth Day Pledge Guidelines.
Participants from public schools, SDOs, ROs, and the Central Office shall attend the conference on official business.
The DepEd-led activities are organized by the Bureau of Learner Support Services-Youth Formation Division (BLSS-YFD) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS), in partnership with DepEd Region IV-A and SDO of Dasmariñas City with the support of the Public Affairs Service (PAS).
For more information, please contact the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) at telephone number (02) 8637-4933 or through email at [email protected] for participation of DepEd offices and personnel. Likewise, the Bureau of Learner Support Services-Youth Formation Division (BLSS-YFD) may be contacted at telephone number (02) 8637-9814 or through email at [email protected] for participation of the Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O) members and teacher-advisers.
For more information, read Celebration of Earth Day 2021, DepEd MEMORANDUM No. Q 18 s. 2021.
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