BY: CHERRY JOY S. DISCAYA
LAOAG CITY – Protecting the community against rabies is now part of the grade school curriculum to prepare the young in the battle against the killer virus.
Dr. Loida Valenzuela, Provincial Veterinarian, said teachers have started adopting the module early this year in classes from grades one to six.
“Information about rabies and its danger to the community should be taught as early as child’s formative years so that (we) may be able to educate the next generation as they grow up,” Valenzuela said.
The instructional materials focus on the proper treatment of animals and the danger that rabies can bring.
Valenzuela said there was also a need to re-educate the public whose belief about rabies control is based on cultural foundations.
“Rabies if not treated well and proper may lead to death,” Valenzuela said.
The learning material dubbed “Ilocos Norte Rabies Prevention Program Manual on Grade School Integration and Instruction” was developed by experts from the Department of Education (DepEd) here in partnership with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).
It is part of the Communities Against Rabies Exposure (CARE) Project in Asia.
It was crafted by 12 master teachers from the Ilocos Norte DepEd office who lent their expertise in developing the material.
Ilocos Norte is one of only two provinces, along with Bohol, in the entire country to implement the CARE program though a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) forged with the provincial government.
The rabies lessons were incorporated in five major subject areas namely Filipino, English Science, Mathematics and Makabayan.
The module’s effectiveness will be determined through a post-test evaluation. (MCA/CDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)