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