Maguin­danao schools get S&T dig­i­tal li­brary

Sun.Star Davao - - ON CAMPUS - By Al­lan Mauro V. Mar­fal, DOST-STII

THE De­part­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST), in part­ner­ship with United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme, de­ployed 15 Star­books units in dif­fer­ent pub­lic schools and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) in Maguin­danao. Short for Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy Aca­demic and Re­search-Based Openly Op­er­ated Kiosks, Star­books is a dig­i­tal sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy (S&T) li­brary de­vel­oped by DOST-Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy In­for­ma­tion In­sti­tute (STII) to equip dif­fer­ent pub­lic schools with valu­able learn­ing re­sources on S&T.

The dig­i­tal li­brary units were turned over af­ter the sign­ing of Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment (MOA) be­tween DOST-ARMM and the 15 re­cip­i­ents on 01 March 2018 at Cota­bato Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter in Co­to­bato City.

“A dig­i­tal learn­ing re­source ma­te­rial such as Star­books could im­prove the way our pub­lic schools nur­ture our stu­dents in Maguin­danao,” said Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion for Mus­lim Min­danao Gov­er­nor Mu­jiv Hata­man in a state­ment.

“With tons of in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by this li­brary in a box, par­tic­u­larly in the fields of Sci­ence, Math­e­mat­ics, and En­gi­neer­ing, our stu­dents and teach­ers in the prov­ince will be equipped with ad­di­tional knowl­edge on var­i­ous sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies and in­no­va­tive tech­no­log­i­cal prod­ucts,” he added.

The Star­books de­ploy­ment in Maguin­danao is part of the MOA signed be­tween DOST-STII and UN WFP last Au­gust 2017 in which UN WFP com­mit­ted to pro­vide 112 Star­books-en­abled com­put­ers to nine prov­inces in the coun­try. These prov­inces in­clude Benguet, Batan­gas, La­guna, Sor­so­gon, Misamis Ori­en­tal, Davao Ori­en­tal, Ca­gayan, Maguin­danao, and Iloilo.

Re­cip­i­ent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Maguin­danao were Kabun­tu­lan Mother, Bul­don, South Upi, and North­ern Kabun­tu­lan. Mean­while, the 11 pub­lic schools with new­lyin­stalled Star­books were Kabun­tu­lan Na­tional High School, Gal­lego Edg­cor Na­tional High School, Din­ga­nen Bul­don Na­tional High School, Karim Na­tional High School, South Upi Na­tional High School, Pi­lar In­te­grated Tech­ni­cal Vo­ca­tional High School, Looy In­te­grated Tech­ni­cal Vo­ca­tional High School, Pan­dan Na­tional High School, Lu­mao Na­tional High School, Gay­onga Na­tional High School, and Datu Ala­manza Di­lan­galen Na­tional High School.

Alan C. Taule, chief of DOST-STII’s In­for­ma­tion Re­sources and Anal­y­sis Divi­sion, stressed that in de­ploy­ing Star­books, re­mote ar­eas with no in­ter­net con­nec­tion and lim­ited learn­ing ma­te­ri­als have been al­ways the top pri­or­ity of DOST-STII.

As of 02 March 2017, Star­books has been de­ployed to 2,260 sites na­tion­wide.

AL­LAN MAURO V. MAR­FAL, DOST-STII

GO­ING DIG­I­TAL. De­part­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy-Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy In­for­ma­tion In­sti­tute and the United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme (UN WFP) de­ployed 15 Star­books units in four mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and 11 pub­lic schools in Maguin­danao at the Cota­bato Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter in Cota­bato City. Alan C. Taule, chief of In­for­ma­tion Re­sources and Anal­y­sis Divi­sion of the DOST-STII dur­ing the turnover.

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