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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Some 1,400 public elementary school teachers and administrators in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Regions 9 and 12 are now computer-literate, according to the Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills (EQuALLS2) Project of the Department of Education (DepED) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The project, which is aimed at helping the DepED improve basic education in high-poverty conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, partnered with Microsoft Philippines to train the teachers on MS Office software and the use of the MS Encarta electronic encyclopedia.
It also provided the teachers’ schools with 224 desktop computers, 50 notebook computers, 116 printers, 14 small projectors, and MS Office and Encarta software for the teachers’ use.
During the recent EQuALLS2 ICT forum, Mindanao teachers said they are now using their new information technology (IT) skills for faster preparation of lesson plans and reports, cross-referencing and enrichment of lessons, preparation of attention-getting and learning-enhancing visual aids, electronic presentations and activity materials, and computation and recording of student grades.
DepED-ARMM Secretary Baratucal Caudang said he hopes the ICT for education will be implemented in more areas in his region.
DepEd Assistant Secretary Ray Laguda disclosed that the department is now re-assessing its information and communications technology (ICT) program for education strategy and will include the project findings and the Mindanao leaders’ and educators’ inputs in its deliberation.
DepEd Director for Technical Services Paul Soriano added that they are now looking at the most cost-effective scheme for providing computers to all schools nationwide.
Also at the forum were representatives from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA), and the Korean International Cooperation Agency.