Silay and La Carlota cities in Negros Occidental will be the second and third local government units in the country to have all their public elementary schools fully connected to Text2Teach, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corp. chairman and chief executive officer, said yesterday.
Zobel was the keynote speaker at the signing by 12 LGUs of the memoranda of agreement at the Silay Civic Center in Silay City, Negros Occidental, to bring Text2Teach to 172 public schools in the Visayas that is estimated to cost P20.8 million.
LGUs in the Visayas that have signed up for the Text2Teach are the cities of Silay, La Carlota, Bacolod, Talisay, and Bago in Negros Occidental; Bayawan, Guihulngan and Bais in Negros Oriental; Naga and Talisay of Cebu, Laua-an town in Antique and the province of Siquijor.
Zobel said with the MOA signing yesterday that will cover 172 more public elementary schools in the Visayas, Text2Teach will now be in 300 schools in the Visayas, one year ahead of schedule.
The Text2Teach is a comprehensive mobile learning package that uses Nokia phones, which can download more than 300 educational video materials on grade 5 and 6 Match, Science, English and Values Education. It comes with a Globe Telecom BridgeCom prepaid SIM Card and a 32-inch LED Toshiba television set.
It allows teachers even in remote areas to access educational materials to supplement their lessons and provide innovative ways of learning, and to date has reached 736 public schools all over the country.
Next year, Text2Teach will celebrate its 10 th year anniversary in the country, Zobel said.
Our goal is to mainstream the program and eventually provide access to Text2Teach to all our public elementary schools, he added.
The secret to the success of mainstreaming Text2Teach is our partnerships with the local governments, schools and teachers, Zobel said.
The Department of Education runs the teacher training component of the project, he said.
Local governments, on the other hand, provide 38 percent of the cost of the program.
Zobel thanked the Text2Teach Alliance partners the DepEd, Globe Telecom, Nokia, Pearson Foundation and Ayala Foundation that have, through the years, supported the project, and Toshiba Corp., represented by Fumio Otani, for the donation of 850 32-inch LED television sets.
Maria Lourdes Heras-de Leon, Ayala Foundation president, said education is one of their main program pillars, and they are very happy of the reach of Text2Teach.
Aside from education, the foundation's other program pillars include youth leadership, sustainable livelihood and arts and culture, she said.
We are putting more focus in integrating our programs into the numerous communities we are present in. By an integrated approach and bringing our projects to our specific communities, we envision communities to be productive, creative, self-reliant and proud to be Filipinos, she said.
Silay Mayor Jose Montelibano said they brought Text2Teach to 12 upland schools, and with the signing of the MOA, the innovative way of learning will now be in all 32 public elementary schools of his city.
La Carlota City Mayor Juliet Marie Ferrer said the Text2Teach in her city will be in all 24 public elementary schools and in a special education school after the MOA signing.
Education is our priority, La Carlota City elementary schools' performance is now number two in Western Visayas, and hopefully, the Text2Teach will make it number one next year, she said.*CPG