Photo shows (L-R): Smart Customer Development Manager Orven Ayonque
and Camflora Elementary School Principal Aden Velan
To help teachers and students adapt to digital education, PLDT Inc.’s social outreach arm PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) facilitated Huawei Technologies Philippines' donation of a School-in-a-Bag package in Quezon Province.
The recipient of the portable digital classroom was Camflora Elementary School, located in the 4th class municipality of San Andres.
The flagship education program of PLDT’s wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), each School-in-a-Bag includes a water-resistant backpack that contains a laptop for the teacher, 20 tablets to let students access interactive applications even while offline, and a Smart LTE pocket WiFi kit which teachers can use to connect to the internet and download additional content.
“This School-in-a-Bag can significantly enhance our students’ learning capabilities, help children absorb their lessons, and improve our teaching strategies with all the supplemental learning resources that it carries,” Camflora ES Principal Aden Velan said.
“It also fosters awareness, productivity and creativity through the use of digital technologies that plays a vital role in education,” she added.
PSF enabled the donation as part of its thrust to provide helpful communication tools and various avenues for progress and empowerment. Aside from education, the non-stock and non-profit organization headed by PLDT and Smart Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan operates corporate social responsibility programs on economic and social entrepreneurship, disaster response, youth, arts, and sports development.
“All these endeavors are committed to one singular goal — that of fulfilling the needs and uplifting the quality of life of Filipinos,” PLDT-Smart Foundation President Esther O. Santos said.
Teachers of selected School-in-a-Bag beneficiary communities are also trained on the Central Visayan Institute Foundation-Dynamic Learning Program (CVIF-DLP). The pandemic-resilient strategy supports distance learning and works in both online and offline delivery modalities, and was endorsed by DepEd in 2020.
“We have been helping roll out CVIF-DLP workshops since 2010 because the program provides concrete, tried-and-tested solutions to the problems faced by the education sector, to help attain our LearnSmart goal that no learner will get left behind,” said Stephanie Orlino, AVP for Community Partnerships at Smart.
Smart’s education initiatives are among the key pillars of the company’s campaign to #LiveSmarter for a #BetterWorld. Under the movement, Smart aims to inspire people to commit to sustainable actions with lasting, positive impact to society.
PLDT and Smart recognize quality education as a foundation in improving people's lives and obtaining sustainable development. In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), particularly SDG #4: Quality Education, education continues to be a flagship CSR program throughout PLDT Group, with a strong emphasis on digital literacy.