World Vision and DepEd ink partnership to improve ICT classrooms in Malabon
World Vision and DepEd – partners in Malabon. from (L-R) Ninoy Aquino Elementary School principal Dr. Marissa Cristobal, Muzon Elementary School Virgie Mondido, Tañong Elementary School 1 principal Modesto Alegria, Imelda Elementary School principal Melinda San Pedro, Department of Education – Malabon Division School Governance and Operations Division chief Eliseo Raymundo, World Vision Malabon team leader Chifadel Mabolo, World Vision Associate Director for Luzon Aniana Ronquillo, Department of Education – Malabon Division Office of the Schools Division Superintendent OIC Dr. Jenilyn Rose Corpuz, CESO IV, Assistant OIC Dr. Imelda G. Caro, Catmon Integrated School principal Rosel Abude, and Malabon Elementary School principal Riza Andrade.
Most schools in Malabon lack computers or have no functional ICT classrooms. “With more than 40 students and around 10 computers, two to three children will usually share one computer in a classroom. This is obviously not conducive for learning,” explain Rosela Abude, principal of Catmon Integrated School which has 3,696 students and 140 teachers
To enhance the students’ knowledge on computer technology, representatives of World Vision and Department of Education (DEPED)-Malabon signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to improve the computer classrooms of 6 schools in Malabon City.
The recently inked project dubbed the iLIKE-ICT which stands for Innovative Learning Infrastructure and Knowledge Enhancement on Information, Communication and Technology Project, will be implemented in Ninoy Aquino Elementary School, Muzon Elementary School, Catmon Integrated School, Malabon Elementary School, Imelda Elementary School, and Tañong Elementary School I.
“We are lucky to have been chosen to be the recipients of this iLIKE ICT project. The six schools are also lucky to have new computer rooms to aid with the students’ learning. This is the 21st century. A child would have difficulty adapting in this century if he or she has no computer knowledge,” said Dr. Imelda Caro, the Officer-in-Charge in the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd Malabon.
During the MOA signing, Malabon school principals also joined to represent their schools and the many students who would benefit from this initiative.
Aniana Ronquillo, World Vision’s Associate Director for Luzon, explained that the project aims to promote better education and assist teachers in making their subjects more enjoyable. “We hope that the students’ learning will be more enjoyable and easier with new computers and a conducive classroom, as World Vision promotes education as key to a child’s better future.”
Based on the partnership agreement, the identified school partners will be provided with 35 computers, internet connection for a year, air conditioning units, and other essential items. World Vision will also provide teachers with ICT trainings that will enhance their teaching skills through technological aid.
“We will ensure that the project will be implemented in these schools,” assured Dr. Jenilyn Rose Corpuz, OIC Schools Division Superintendent, who promised on behalf of the schools to take care of the computer facilities to be provided.
The iLIKE ICT Project is supported by World Vision partners Life Insurance Social Contribution Committee, Community Chest of Korea, and Samsung Life Insurance.World Vision/June 30, 2017/Photo: Crystel Malgapo, World Vision Communications Intern