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Smart Infoboard powers alternative learning

by Smart Communications, Inc. | Sep 03, 2012
[31 August 2012] Leading wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is giving the Department of Education’s Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) a boost via the Smart Infoboard service.

Smart’s Public Affairs’ Manager Stephanie Orlino and Community Solutions Consultant Roland Garcia with DepEd Bureau of Alternative Learning System director Dr. Carolina Guerrero (center) at the launch of the BALS Infoboard service during the recent National Colloquium on the Alternative Learning System held at the Teachers’ Camp in Baguio City.

[31 August 2012] Leading wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is giving the Department of Education’s Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) a boost via the Smart Infoboard service.

A web-based communication tool, the Infoboard service of Smart can be used by BALS to send out via SMS information like circulars and memoranda to alternative learning educators and facilitators nationwide.

BALS teachers and facilitators that are registered to the Infoboard will receive the advisories on their cellphones wherever they are and at any time of the day, free of charge. They may also use the service to text feedback, comments and suggestions to the BALS main office in Pasig City for P1 per message.

As of latest count, BALS has a total workforce of 6,989.  Out of which, some 6,529 are directly interacting with students under the alternative learning system either as mobile teachers (2,281), district ALS coordinators  (2,547), literacy volunteers (719), instructional managers (570) or contracted instructional managers and facilitators (412).

“The Smart Infoboard service will complement BALS’ current communication tools such as circulars, memos, emails,” said Roland Garcia, Smart Community Solutions Consultant.

“This text broadcast facility was created so the main office can directly communicate with the teachers and facilitators through their cellphones wherever they may be for as long as they have their cellphones with them. This is particularly handy in times of disasters or emergency situations when the timely dissemination of information is very important,” stressed Garcia.

Smart has already partnered with 224 colleges and universities for the Infoboard service nationwide.

“This service from Smart is indeed very useful for us given the mobile nature of alternative learning teachers and educators.  It would allow us to relay to the most number of people at one single broadcast pertinent information and advisories,” said Dr. Carolina Guerrero, Director of BALS.

The alternative learning system is considered the Department of Education’s last stand towards realizing the 2015 target on “Education for All” under the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

Latest data from the National Statistics Office showed that about a fourth of the country’s 19-million population aged 25 years and above do not have college degrees.  About 34.5 percent of the population belonging to the same age group only finished grade school.  [END]