The United States in partnership with local associates have given away learning tools worth Php10 million in a bid to support early grade students with their education, according to the US Embassy in Manila.
The recipients of at least 100 “school-in-a-bag” kits include students in select schools across the regions of Bicol, Cotabato City, Cotabato Special Geographic Area, Western Visayas, Maguindanao, and other schools in association with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) remote learning study.
Each kit comprises a laptop, 10 1TB storage tablets, as well as a pocket Wi-Fi, which comes preloaded with Php500 worth of credits for internet access.
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Playing a pivotal role in the distribution of the donations is the Department of Education (DepEd).
USAID Philippines Acting Deputy Mission Director Brandon Miller named Smart to be part of the program whose goal, it claims is “to advance digital literacy amid and beyond the global health crisis, especially in remote areas that lack access to technology”.
The Philippine Business for Social Progress is also one of the partners in the program.