KOICA and World Vision launch education program in Samar

Child-focused international organization launched the Safe Schools Program with funding from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) last May 21 this year at the DRRM building in the municipality of Sta. Rita, Samar.

The said activity was attended by representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Samar, DepEd Sta. Rita District, and the ten supported schools namely: Magsaysay, Cabacungan San Pascual, Old Manunca, Tumandog, Salvacion, Cadaragan, and Canunay Elementary Schools, Tominamos Integrated School and Sta. Rita Junior and Senior High School.

During the launch, World Vision introduced the program which aims to improve learning environment in both face to face and distance modality. This can be done by providing safe and quality WASH facilities and provision of distance learning materials.

The program also targets to produce learning materials to create inclusive learning environment. This can be achieved by utilizing learning technologies such as KitKit School and UL Drive, conduct capacity building to teachers and caregivers, and creation of community support mechanism,

Lastly, the program also intents to equip schools to better respond against natural disasters including infectious diseases.

The province of Samar was selected for this project to address the province’s challenges on low enrollment rate compared to the national average, lack of facilities and unrepaired damages brought by natural disasters in schools, and low monthly income of families.

World Vision already started its capacity building to school participants and the introduction of the learning technology that will be used during the project implementation.