Smart SIAB dona­tion of PSF to Or­moc schools

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Tare hree re­mote pub­lic schools in Or­moc, Leyte this year’s first ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Schoolin-a-Bag, an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram of Smart Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (Smart), through a dona­tion from the PLDT-Smart Foun­da­tion (PSF).

Teach­ers and stu­dents from Hugpa El­e­men­tary School, Ma­haya­hay El­e­men­tary School, and Inaad El­e­men­tary School are ex­pected to ben­e­fit from mo­bile tech­nol­ogy, 21st cen­tury teach­ing tools and ed­u­ca­tional con­tent. Each De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) -nom­i­nated school will re­ceive a dig­i­tal learn­ing pack­age con­tain­ing a teacher's lap­top, Smart pocket WiFi, pro­jec­tor, DVD player, and tablets.

More than merely do­nat­ing gadgets, the tablets in ev­ery Schoolin-a-Bag unit are pre­loaded with in­ter­ac­tive con­tent to sup­port learn­ing strate­gies, as well as help pre­serve and pro­mote lo­cal cul­ture and her­itage. Ed­u­ca­tional con­tent in­cludes Learn Smart mother-tongue based mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the DepEd and aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions na­tion­wide: the Ba­hay KuboFilipino app, Kaalam Ce­buano app, Taal­lam and Tahderiyyah Ara­bic apps, and Matigsalug app for the Matigsalug tribe of Davao and Bukid­non.

School-in-a-Bag ben­e­fi­ciary schools are also pro­vided with teacher train­ing and pro­gram eval­u­a­tion.

Since 2016, Smart and part­ner donors such as PSF have do­nated 112 School-in-aBag units to var­i­ous learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions na­tion­wide, 83 of which were turned over in 2018. To date, the Pro­gram has ben­e­fit­ted more than thirty thou­sand stu­dents and over a thou­sand teach­ers in com­mu­ni­ties through­out the coun­try.

PSF’s dona­tion of School-in-a-Bag units is in line with the non-stock, non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion’s di­rec­tion to fa­cil­i­tate the em­pow­er­ment of the Filipino peo­ple through the uti­liza­tion of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (ICT).

As the so­cial outreach arm of the coun­try's largest telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider and its wire­less sub­sidiary, PSF is keen in its pur­suit for so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, through help­ful com­mu­ni­ca­tion tools and var­i­ous av­enues for progress and em­pow­er­ment.

Headed by PLDT and Smart chair­man Manuel V. Pangili­nan and Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent Esther O. Santos, PSF is presently in­volved with cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­grams fo­cused on six ar­eas: ed­u­ca­tion, liveli­hood and so­cial en­ter­prise, dis­as­ter re­sponse and re­cov­ery, youth and arts, and sports de­vel­op­ment. All these en­deav­ors are com­mit­ted to one sin­gu­lar goal: to ful­fill the needs and up­lift the lives of each and ev­ery Filipino.

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