Philippine-based telecommunications company, Globe Telecom, aims to advance the state of education across the country through the integration of information and communications technology (ICT).
For the past three years, Globe Telecom has been running the Global Filipino School programme, a long-term educational initiative which aims to evolve selected public schools into centres of ICT excellence.
In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and selected public schools, the programme involves providing schools with online connectivity, a Globe Mobile Laboratory package, and innovative teaching methods that leverage ICT tools.
Through this programme, schools are utilised as a teacher training hub for the entire division based on the school's location. Both the DepEd and the schools ensure all teachers are trained to bring advanced teaching methods into the classroom. Additionally, they are also tasked to train other public school teachers within their division.
Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Corporate Social Responsibility, said, "Internet is a valuable source of information and an important additional teaching tool. As internet now plays a major role in the lives of young people, learning institutions should take the opportunity of motivating students with the use of ICT-tools to make their learning experience more enjoyable and sustainable."
Esguerra added that the use of digital technologies would substantially reduce the public spending in education and infrastructure, while keeping up with the digitisation of other learning institutions.
The Global Filipino School programme was first deployed in Bilar National High School in Bohol, where it received increased interest among teachers and students. As a result, the school has managed to improve its performance in the National Achievement Test (NAT).
Currently, the programme is implemented in 11 different schools across the country. By next year, Globe said that it intends to expand the programme's reach, targeting 60 DepEd schools divisions in all 18 regions nationwide.
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