Philippine (Environmental) Education System
1970s – Environmental situation in the Philippines assessed as “alarming”
- 1977: Department of Education Culture & Sports (DECS) started integrating environmental education subjects in the school curriculum at all levels; and the various government agencies started public information activities to stimulate awareness and encourage involvement in environmental protection.
1980s: Intense environmental awareness campaign set up
1990s: Focus on capacity building efforts
- 1986: Environmental Education Network of the Philippines (EENP)* established
- 1988: Philippine Strategy for Sustainable Development drafted, where environmental education was one of the 10-pronged strategies
- 1989: National Strategy on Environmental Education was formulated
- 1992: National Environmental Education Action Plan created
- 1996: Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Educational Institutions in Environmental Protection and Management (PATLEPAM) set up
- 1998: Environmental Education Curriculum Frameworks for all levels formulated
- 1999-2000: National and Regional Educators’ Trainings on the use of the EE Curriculum Framework for Basic Education, Technical and Vocational Education, and Higher Education were conducted
- 2003-2006: National Environmental Education Action Plan for Sustainable Development for 2005-2014 updated in support of the United Nations Decade for Sustainable Development.
*In 1986, the Institute of Environmental Science and Management (IESAM) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) submitted to the Ford Foundation a proposal to support financially the organization of the Environmental Education Network of the Philippines. Seeing the potentials of such network, the Ford Foundation readily approved the proposal thereby paving the way for the network’s organizational meeting on March 4, 1988. This network was called the Environmental Education Network of the Philippines (EENP), a loose organization of 8 academic and research institutions.
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