Basic Adolescent Health Training Course Rolled Out by DepEd, Partners – Manila Bulletin

To train teaching and non-teaching staff in adolescent development and services for adolescent learners, the Department of Education (DepEd) has launched online training for the Basic Adolescent Health Course.

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DepEd, through the Bureau of Learner Support Services-School Health Division (BLSS-SHD), in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippines Country Office of the World Health Organization Health (WHO) for the initiative.

“DepEd health staff, our teachers and non-teaching staff, who are our first responders in schools, must always be ready to deal with adolescents who need help, whatever the circumstances,” said the Director of BLSS-SHD, Lope B. Santos III.

The training aims to build the capacity of DepEd teaching and non-teaching staff in adolescent development and services for adolescent learners.

The Society of Adolescent Medicine, Inc. (SAMPI), Plan International Philippines, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also provided technical assistance to DepEd.

The four-day basic course is first delivered to all Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARS) Focal Points from various school divisions and regional representatives across the country from January to April 2022.

DepEd said thereafter the training will be rolled out to schools between April and December 2022.

The activity coincided with the celebration of this year’s International Adolescent Health Week from March 20-26.

One of the aims of the activity was to enable primary care providers to “support learners in their transition from childhood to adulthood, physically and mentally, in the midst of a life shaped by a pandemic for to become independent individuals”, in line with this year’s theme.

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ARH Education supports DepEd’s commitment under RA 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act 2012.

It mandates the institution to provide sustainable, age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate education and training for educators to create inclusive responsible parenting and reproductive health education integrated into formal, informal and native.

Adolescent reproductive health is one of the flagship programs of the “Oplan Kalusugan sa DepEd” which is the convergence of its school health and nutrition programs.

Other programs under “OK sa DepEd” are WASH in Schools, National Drug Education Program, School Feeding Program, School Mental Health, and Medical, Dental and nurses.



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