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Home Economics: Catalyst of change Arlene E. Lee Sta. Barbara Elementary School

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Home Economics serves as a catalyst of change for the betterment of the society primarily because of its focus, that is, the family. Home economics teachers possess qualitative development skills to prepare their students for effective productivity for self and society. From this perspective, home economics works through family to affect an optimum balance between people and their environments.

Home economics is offered to the elementary level from the 4th to 6th grades and is called Home Economics and Livelihood Education or HELE. The topics taught are Health and Personal Hygiene, Clothing and Accessories, Learning Embroidery, Managing a Home, Caring and Furnishing the Home, Caring for the sick, Cooking for the family, table setting, sewing, safety in the Home, Leisure Time, Entrepreneurship, Food Preservation, Computer Education. It is taught 40 minutes a day in the elementary level. Consequently, home economics education aims at teaching the students to become healthy and responsible members of the family and society.

HOME Economics is a vital profession currently enjoying renewed attention in the present era. Our world is characterized as one of unprecedented transition from industrial to knowledge-based culture and globalised economy, with all the encompassing effects on society and culture. The information age is complex, diverse and predictable, yet has a strong commitment  to retaining those elements of society that are valued, while looking ahead to the imperative of improving the world in which we all live such that sustainable development is possible. Herein lays the potential for Home Economics and the reason for renewed attention to the field of study, as this is the key imperative of the profession.

Home economics professionals were instrumental to instituting the1994 International Year of the Family which centered “family” as a political issue and has impacted on family life in many countries of the word.

Poverty alleviation, gender equality and social justice concerns are a priority of home economics professionals, with many projects and initiatives conducted in such areas. Home economists partner other NGOs to improve lots of families worldwide. The specific areas of collaboration and cooperation include Peace education, gender issues and women’s empowerment, women’s reproductive issues, HIV/AIDS, intervention projects for families in distress and other human rights issues. In like manner that Home Economists are active in lobbying for issues that will improve the well-being of a diversity of families and households. They also serve as consultants in major businesses and organizations dealing with personal home economics, care and consumer services. They are also active entrepreneurs in their own rights.

And finally, home economists are strong advocate for individual and family well-being worldwide, evident in, for example, the development of relevant curricula for school and universities.




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