Smart, Ro­tary Club bring dig­i­tal learn­ing to re­mote schools in Cebu

Cebu Daily News - - COMMUNITY -

Anum­ber of pub­lic schools lo­cated in re­mote ar­eas in Cebu will soon ben­e­fit from dig­i­tal learn­ing af­ter the Ro­tary Club of Cebu and Ro­tary Club of Daegu-Tae­baek in South Korea spon­sored 18 sets of Smart School-in-a-Bag (SIAB).

Cre­ated by Smart Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, the SIAB is a back­pack con­tain­ing a lap­top, tablets, TV, pocket Wi-Fi, and cur­ricu­lum­based ed­u­ca­tional con­tent. The pack­age also in­cludes teacher train­ing and year­long mon­i­tor­ing. For school ben­e­fi­cia­ries with­out elec­tric­ity, the SIAB in­cludes a so­lar panel with bat­ter­ies.

Since 2016, Smart has do­nated and has called on in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions to spon­sor School-in-a-Bag units for un­der­served schools all over the coun­try. Each bag costs P100,000.

The Ro­tary Club of Cebu added print­ers and more ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als for its school ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“Ed­u­ca­tion par­tic­u­larly for kids is very im­por­tant. We need to pro­vide 21st cen­tury ed­u­ca­tion for our school­child­ren,” said Ro­tary Club of Cebu Pres­i­dent Bing Martinez. He added that he was in­spired to sup­port the Smart pro­gram af­ter see­ing how stu­dents at the US school where his daugh­ter teaches are each pro­vided a tablet.

Cebu Schools Divi­sion Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Rhea Mae Ang­tud said she was grate­ful to Smart and the Ro­tary Club of Cebu for the dig­i­tal learn­ing bun­dles and other forms of as­sis­tance they have pro­vided to the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. She added that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries they se­lected are schools lo­cated in the far­thest islets and high­land ar­eas.

“Our islet schools are so far away. Some of them are un-en­er­gized so the so­lar

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