Teachers in Internet-challenged schools happy to receive assistance on module printing

In line with one of World Vision’s child well-being aspirations (children should enjoy education for life), we have donated printing materials and photocopy machines to 18 schools in Batangas and Camarines Sur to assist teachers in producing printed materials for their students.

Sixteen schools in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur received boxes of bond papers and printer inks as augmentation to the school’s need on printing hundreds of modules a week.

On the other hand, photocopy machines were given to Molinete Elementary School and Sta. Maria Elementary School in Laurel, Batangas. The provision of photocopy machines is in partnership with Senate Employees Cooperative and Robinson’s Supermarket.  

Due to problems on internet connection, most elementary students in these schools opted to do module-based learning, where they receive a week’s lesson, answer it and give the workbook back to their teachers on a weekly basis.

A teacher with 30 students would need to produce around 2,000 pages to give each student a complete workbook. Anselma Dela Rosa,  Molinete Elementary School Principal in Batangas, says, they usually go to the town center to do photocopying. “Medyo malaki po ang nagagastos namin kasi kahit back-to-back ang printing or one page lang, same pa rin ang presyo,” she says. Photocopying cost may range between Php1.00 to Php2.00 per page.

The distribution of school materials is in support to World Vision and Department of Education’s Abutin Na10 campaign that aims to promote the literacy of around 10 million Filipino students who will be continuing their education this year amid COVID-19 pandemic.

World Vision Philippines National Director Rommel V. Fuerte shares that “our rapid impact assessment reveals that one of the top most critical problems faced by children and their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic is education opportunities, aside from food security and access to health care.”

Aside from extending support to school, World Vision also reached at least 50,000 children across the country with school materials and other support like hygiene kits, before the classes started in October.

Though COVID-19 related restrictions in many communities have loosened lately, children (below 21 years old) are still not allowed to go far from their house. Education is home-based and may be done through modular on online learning.