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 Monday, 05 July 2010

When three schools in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines performed poorly on standardized achievement tests, with one school, the Tayud National High School, producing a mere 17 per cent pasing rate, the Coalition for Better Education (CBE) decided to iimplement programs that would improve these statistics.  Intervening through the Involving Communities for Better Education initiative, CBE partnered with Globe Telecom to create a pilot program at Tayud.  Globe Telecom has designed and implemented several ICT education courses, including the Global Flilipino Teachers and Globe Bridging Communities.  Global Filipino Teachers (GFT) is an intensive six-day teacher training program that instructs primary educators on ICT application in the classroom.  Globe Bridging Communities consists of several initiatives, including the Internet in Schools Program for high school students, which provides one year of free Globe Broadband Internet access.  As of 2010, Internet in Schools Program had provided Internet to over 950 schools nationwide.

As part of the pilot program at Tayud, teacher received GFT training after CBE ensured that they were ICT literate.  Additionally, Tayud became a recipient of the Internet in Schools Program.  In order to create a more active community, Globe has also agreed to help create a community resource center that will open this month.  This community center represents a partnership between the school, the governemtn, and the local community, and will help to promote the goods and services of the Tayud region.

(Sources: Malaya Business Insight and Globe)

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