Following the successful launch of the computerization and solar power project of public schools in Basilan, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have officially brought in the said initiative to Palawan.
DepEd and UNDP led the inauguration of the said project at the Bagong Bayan Elementary School in El Nido, Palawan.
According to DepEd, an estimated 4,000 public schools in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) in Luzon and Mindanao have received their Information and Communications (ICT) packages over the last two months.
This will give around 600,000 school children access to solar-powered laptops this coming academic year.
The computerization of schools and ICT packages grant are in line with the government’s bid to bolster quality education, which is among the 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) targeted by global leaders in 189 countries.
The SDGs also include the substantial increase of the youth’s ICT technical and vocational skills by 2030.
According to DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua, ICT will be an essential aid in improving 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.