“Develop the minds and hearts of each teacher to embrace the special education.”

This was delivered by Rowela M. Caperiña, Education Program Supervisor in Special Education during the launching of the Division of Lucena City’s Basic Sign Language Training Course for SPED and receiving teachers held at Lucena City Teachers and Employees Conference Center, January 31.

A total of 47 participants from the public elementary and secondary schools from the division attended the said training. It was composed of SPED and receiving teachers, master teachers, principal advisers, and personnel from the medical unit. Regular/receiving teachers who joined the course attended at their own interest to learn the basics of sign language as this will help them address the needs of the learners with hearing impairment as well as communicate with fellow Lucenahins with hearing impairment.

EPS Caperiña, the proponent of the project, explained the rationale and the importance of the program which was emphasized in DepEd Order no. 21, s. 2019 titled Policy Guidelines on the K to 12 Basic Education Program and gave meaning to the acronym SPED and on the goals and objectives of Special Education on inclusive education.

Topics included Alphabet, Wh Questions, Be verbs, and pronouns which was facilitated by Geraldine Boragay, SPED Teacher of Lucena East VII Elementary School. The session was done through hand exercises, discussion of the signs, demonstrating the signs, imitating the signs by the participants and engaging the participants in activities by presentation of the signs by group.

The training will run every Friday from January 31 to March 6. (Ludilyn P. Alvasan, SST I, Cotta National High School, Division of Lucena City)