The Department of Education (DepEd) has inked an agreement with a popular theme park in Sta. Rosa, Laguna to promote creativity in education using both entertainment and education or “edutainment.”
Education secretary Armin A. Luistro and Enchanted Kingdom (EK) chairman and president Mario O. Mamon signed the agreement on June 27.
Luistro said this is a welcome partnership as children can have the chance to learn the concepts of science, technology, the arts and other disciplines while being entertained. “Education can be imparted through various means and methods and education by way of a more entertaining approach is just as effective,” said Luistro.
Mamon said education and the promotion of values are two of the park’s advocacies for the past 16 years.
Enchanted Kingdom reaches out to students through the EK School Caravan, which encourages schools to have an educational trip to the park. The caravan, which runs from June to October this year, targets three schools per month in the Calabarzon region, Manila and nearby cities. During the school caravan, student discounts and the EK wish list will be offered with special rates for merchandise items.
EK also highlights the “Enchanting Edutainment Program.” In this undertaking, the theme park is considered as a classroom with diverse educational offerings including the protection of the environment.
Its edutainment programs include “EKstreme Science,” which demonstrates simple science experiments. Its “Animal Encounter” exposes the visitors to the world of exotic animals and how to care for them while “Enchanting Story Telling” is conducted to inculcate values among the young park guests.
Aside from edutainment, the theme park also has Edu-Learning Modules, which integrate learning through science, engineering and arts. This can be experienced and learned through the various rides and attractions inside the park.
The Enchanted Kingdom Wizards Club was also recently launched for kids and teens aged six to 18 to help develop their talents and skills while instilling the values of excellence, leadership, artistry and the sense of duty and responsibility.
In this year’s Brigada Eskwela, the EK staff volunteered at the Platero Elementary School in Biñan, Laguna where it transformed two kindergarten classrooms into ‘enchanting’ learning zones.