DepEd, UNDP to launch computerization, solar energy program in Luzon

MANILA The Department of Education (DepEd) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are set to inaugurate the computerization and solar energy program for Luzon on April 13.

To expand "advance quality education", DepEd and UNDP team up to launch the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Bagong Bayan Elementary School in El Nido, Palawan.

DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain del Pascua said that technology would enhance the quality of education and offer vast possibilities for learning to students.

If used correctly, ICT will improve our teaching methods. It will create new learning opportunities and develop critical thinking, making our students more innovative not only in solving community problems but also in facing global challenges, del Pascua said in a statement on Thursday.

For his part, UNDP Country Director Titon Mitra said improving the ICT literacy of students would help them dream big and believe that they can shape a better life for their family.

As DepEd's development partner, UNDP seeks people-centered interventions that translate into better services and lifelong learning opportunities. But time is of the essence. We have to move quickly to reach the margins, especially those children in vulnerable situations, to have meaningful impact, Mitra said.

DepEd figures show that nearly 4,000 public schools in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in Luzon and Mindanao have received the ICT packages in the past two months.

The department said that around 600,000 children would benefit this year from the ICT project, providing them access to laptops powered by solar energy. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency