By: Nila O. Argel, PIA 1, Ilocos Sur
VIGAN CITY – The Department of Education (DepED)-Ilocos Sur division has started to implement the Head start Program for the gifted and talented pupils in public elementary schools.
The program is designed to address the educational, aesthetic and social needs of children and provide them with a variety of learning experiences through art, music, movement indoor and outdoor play, storytelling and learn about books, words, numbers and the world around them.
According to Dr. Carmelina Artates, Education Program Supervisor, the program ensures that all gifted and talented preschoolers are given necessary support to attain the highest standard of achievement that matches with their abilities, intelligence and skills.
The program will be implemented in four Special Education (SPED) schools in the province. The Narvacan South Central School and Sabuanan Elementary School have started offering the program in 2013.
The education of every Filipino gifted and talented child is mandated in the Philippine Constitution and other legal documents namely: PD 199, declaring the 4th week of November 1999 and every year thereafter as “National Week for the Gifted and Talented”; PD 603, The Child and Youth Welfare Code; RA 8980, Early Child Care and Development Act; and RA 10157, Kindergarten Education Act.
Parents are encouraged to support the Headstart program by enrolling their children at the Cabugao South Central School and San Juan Elementary School. The enrollment will determine if the two schools shall start the program for schoolyear 2014-2015, Artates added.#