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STI and DepEd Drive Education Where IT Matters News

2015-04-07

 

STI Foundation for Leadership in Information Technology and Education, Inc. (STI Foundation) and the Department of Education (DepEd) renewed their partnership in delivering ICT-enhanced learning to many young Filipinos across the country through STI  Mobile School (Computer Lab on Wheels). The signing of the memorandum of agreement was held on March 24, 2015 at the DepEd office.

The campaign started in the year 2007 as part of STI  Foundation  Driving Education Where IT Matters program, and is part of DepEd  Adopt-a-School program. Through the utilization of the STI Mobile Schools, STI faculty members equip students from DepEd  accredited high schools with skills on computer concepts, GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), multimedia animation, morphing animation, audio editing, and movie presentation through ICT-enhanced training sessions. It also educates public school teachers with ICT literacy and develop the IT education they will teach their students. All six (6) of STI Mobile Schools are equipped with state-of-the-art computer laboratories with internet access, LCD monitors, and sound systems. Since its launch, it has reached and trained over 105,000 elementary and high school students, employees, and other individuals from 872 sites nationwide.

In his remarks, DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro emphasized the need of computer access to many areas in the country.  The Mobile school is based on the assumption that there is no connectivity in the first place that is available locally. And thats why you bring in the equipment as well as the trainers so they can access it. This is an intervention, hopefully one that will not last too long. But as you know in the Philippines there are a lot of areas where either because there are no connectivity or there is no electricity, the infrastructure for online education is not possible. And this is where the mobile school serve as an intervention at a critical time when that connectivity cannot not be established, he shares.

Our mobile schools act as our extended classrooms. We reach out and we deliver IT classes to those who need better access to IT schools, which also plays a part in fulfilling our duty to make education accessible,  shares STI Foundation President Monico V. Jacob in a statement. Elaborating on the objective of the mobile school program, he adds,  In our time when the IT industry is at its peak, having good computer skills is a big advantage for the younger generation. In every student that we teach, we progress in our movement towards spreading ICT literacy in the country. We want our learners to have competent computer skills that they can use when they work for their chosen fields and for them to pay it forward to other students. 

In recognition for STI  efforts in training more Filipinos to become computer-literate through the mobile school program, STI was given the Public Relations Society of the Philippines  Award of Excellence at the 45th Anvil Awards, and an Award of Merit from the Philippine Quill Awards. The STI Foundation also received a registration certificate as an Auxiliary Social Welfare and Development Agency (SWDA) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

 

ABOUT STI:

STI Education Services Group, Inc. is owned by the publicly listed company STI Education Systems Holdings, Inc. (PSE SYMBOL:  STI). STI remains committed to providing education for real life for thirty years now with highly-relevant academic programs in the fields of Information & Communications Technology, Business & Management, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Healthcare. More information on STI is available at www.sti.edu.

 

 

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