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Rappler's latest stories on special education


More gov't programs for special education students, mobile schools urged

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The Philippine Institute of Development Studies says lack of transportation, basic facilities, and infrastructure are major challenges in providing education to children with disabilities

A second home: SPED teacher beats odds to push for inclusivity

Oct 05, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'The work isn’t easy, but the rewards for doing a good job, of making a difference in a child’s life are beyond measure,' says Remy Bruno, a teacher at San Fernando City Special Education Integrated School

To the moon and beyond: Life as a teacher of children with autism

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:21 AM

'It took years of tears, readings, and failures for me to understand that all that these children need is our genuine, unconditional love,' says teacher Jolo Lagman

DepEd says request for additional SPED funds rejected

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:42 PM

However, ongoing and existing special education programs of the Department of Education will continue, says DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. Members of the Department of Education's executive committee present the department's budget for 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Mimaropa’s SPED athlete joins Palaro 2018 against all odds

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Puerto Princesa's Leo Lee Cornel, a SPED athlete, plans to dedicate his future victory in the games to his older brother

SPED ATHLETE. Leo Lee Cornel smiles ahead of his 200-meter dash race at the Palarong Pambansa 2018 Special Games on April 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Beyond lessons, special educators spread hope among SPED learners

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Proving that there are no limits to learning, Hilarion Daen Jr. and Edna Blacer are teaching SPED students at Rawis Elementary School despite their own difficulties – Hilarion is hearing-impaired while Edna is nearly blind

SPECIAL EDUCATION. Teacher Hilarion handles kindergarten pupils with hearing deficiencies. All photos courtesy of the Rawis Elementary School

SPED coach: 'Understand, be patient with special athletes'

Apr 25, 2017 - 9:52 AM

A number of unsung heroes will be working behind the scenes in the Palarong Pambansa 2017 They are the SPED athletes’ coaches and mentors like Stephanie Cedanio

UNSUNG HEROES. Coaches of SPED athletes are just some of the unsung heroes in Palarong Pambansa 2017

Rappler Talk: The challenges of inclusive education

Feb 07, 2017 - 10:06 AM

How far has the Philippine education system advanced in promoting – and practicing – inclusive education?

News Briefs: February 2, 2017

Feb 02, 2017 - 2:29 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 2

My jeepney ride with Loribeth

Dec 04, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The story of how a person with autism guided me in commuting in a city I don t know

Cavite, Cebu schools prepare PWDs for employment

Nov 20, 2016 - 5:30 PM

These two special education centers equip their students with skills needed for livelihood opportunities

LEARNING INDEPENDENCE. Schools in Cavite and Cebu City train their kids with livelihood skills. Photos by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Robredo wants SPED centers in all public schools

Jul 18, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The ability to get a good education early on in life will mean the difference between exclusion and inclusion says Vice President Leni Robredo

INCLUSIVE SOCIETY. Vice President Leni Robredo wants to build communities that also cater to the needs of children living with disabilities who are among the country's marginalized sectors. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Angeles City mayor wants new rules on SEF use following audit report

Jul 15, 2016 - 9:44 AM

After auditors called out Angeles City for deficiencies in using its Special Education Fund the city mayor calls for a review of rules on the use of the fund

REVIEW. Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan calls for a review of the use of the Special Education Fund. Photo from Pamintuan's Facebook page

K to 12 and beyond: A look back at Aquino's 10-point education agenda

Jun 24, 2016 - 7:10 PM

In 2010 President Benigno Aquino III proposed 10 ways to fix basic education in the country Did he fulfill his campaign promise?

DepEd eyes adding chess for the blind at next Palaro

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Aside from chess there are plans to add more events in the Palarong Pambansa special games

MORE SPECIAL GAMES. (From L to R) Ramonfiel Abcde, regional director for DepEd in Region V; Tonisito Umali, Education assistant secretary; and Cesar Abalon, deputy secretary general of Palarong Pambansa talk about plans to add more sports and events to Palaro's special games. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

#PHVoteWatch: Politicians' names found in school medals

Mar 31, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Netizens question the inclusion of politicians names in school awards

Duterte to Binay: If we're both corrupt, let's withdraw together

Mar 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Davao City is not Makati City Duterte is not Binay says the Mindanaoan presidential bet after refuting allegations of corruption from the vice president s camp

NO ITCHY FINGERS. Rodrigo Duterte challenges Jejomar Binay to face his own corruption allegations. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Binay camp to Duterte: Explain 'anomalies' in Davao City

Mar 18, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Nice try says the Duterte camp which dismisses the allegation as an act of desperation


Jul 19, 2015 - 3:00 PM

In this Taiwanese short film a jealous fiance could not deal with the other man in his beloved s life

Abdi Kasih – a school born out of love

Jul 19, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Abdi Kasih is a school born out of love and dedication for children with special needs

2 in 5 cities spend less than P1,000 per public school student

Jul 09, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Cities are the most capable to fund educational services yet some of them still fall short of the average spending per public school student the government s latest tax watch ad shows

7 in 10 provinces: Less revenues for education spending

Jul 02, 2014 - 3:51 PM

Local government units are allowed by law to impose a 1 levy on the assessed value of lands in addition to the basic real property tax for their Special Education Fund

FOR EDUCATION SERVICES. P330 is the average SEF revenues of provinces that may be used per public school student in 2013, the tax ad shows. File photo by Rappler

A long way to go for special education

Feb 23, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Ideally every public school should have a special education program – but the DepEd still has a long way to go

PASSION FOR SPED. Feliciano Sante, 36, says his love and passion for SPED make him stay. Photo by Lizly Edralin Pimentel Ventura, retrieved from Sante's Facebook

3 things the private sector can do for basic education

Oct 19, 2013 - 11:15 PM

After passing the K to 12 bill into law the easy part is over Both government and private sector are now gearing up for the tougher part: the road to 2016

PAINFUL OR NOT. Now that the K to 12 has been institutionalized, the easy part is over, former Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus says. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Making friends in jail: A mobile teacher's story

Sep 28, 2013 - 11:19 PM

Mobile teacher Irene Barzaga calls the Quezon City jail her baby the source of her fulfillment

GUIDE. Teacher Irene Barzaga oversees her students as they write essays during class. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

DepEd’s budget process requires more fine-tuning

Mar 24, 2013 - 4:37 PM

A study by PBEd and Araullo University tracks and monitors DepEd’s use of its operational budget

Big victories at Open Hands bazaar

Mar 24, 2013 - 11:17 AM

Students with special needs sell handcrafted products and food at the Open Hands Food and Crafts Bazaar

'KIKAY' CRAFTS. These beautiful bracelets were handcrafted by students with special needs at Open Hands School for Applied Arts in Quezon City. All photos by Pia Ranada

Special kids get higher DepEd budget

Apr 07, 2012 - 2:16 PM

The Department of Education boosts its budget for elementary Special Education centers by over 50

Star Wars for a cause

Feb 10, 2012 - 4:57 PM

Star Wars fans wear the costumes of the bad guys all for a good cause

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