With Marawi and neighboring municipalities still struggling from the aftermath of the city’s 2017 siege, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has strengthened initiatives to help the communities’ long-embattled education sector recover amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
20 Maranao elementary schools will soon be implementing the Smart-backed CVIF-Dynamic Learning Program disaster-resilient strategy.
The wireless services provider, in partnership with social outreach arm PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) of parent company PLDT Inc. (PLDT), has been regularly conducting virtual workshops to promote the Central Visayan Institute Foundation-Dynamic Learning Program (CVIF-DLP). First supported by Smart and PSF in 2010, the independent learning strategy facilitates distance learning through flexible online and offline modalities.
Smart’s on-ground CVIF-DLP trainings prior to the health crisis have been replaced with web forums to raise awareness on the practice. "Because of the life-changing pandemic, learners and teachers are compelled to carry on outside the classroom, through innovative ways. However, it is critical to empower them to ensure continuity of basic education, especially for those who might be left behind due to lack of resources," says Stephanie V. Orlino, AVP for Community Partnerships at Smart.
It was at a DLP web training where Maranao educators realized that the innovative education technique can help ensure continuous learning in their province.
“CVIF-DLP is learner-centered, focuses on the character development of the pupils, and can be implemented in distance learning without requiring learners to have technology access,” says Dr. Nihayma Macasindil, Supervisor of Masiu 2 District, Department of Education (DepEd) Lanao del Sur.
Studies have shown how CVIF-DLP can improve academic performance particularly in Science, Innovative Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The program was developed by Ramon Magsaysay Awardees and physicists, Dr. Chris Bernido and Dr. M. Victoria Carpio-Bernido of the Central Visayan Institute Foundation.
The regional office will soon be implementing the disaster-resilient strategy in 20 elementary schools. “We decided to adopt the CVIF-DLP because it has been proven effective during disasters,” Dr. Macasindil explains, referring to how it worked for students affected by Typhoon Sendong in 2011 and the Zamboanga siege in 2013.
“To manage difficulties, we have to be more resourceful and adaptive to change,” she adds.
Following a series of web forums and virtual workshops organized by Smart, DepEd recently announced that it will deploy CVIF-DLP as a supplemental learning resource for school year 2020-2021. The program’s Learning Activity Sheets (CVIF-DLP LAS) will be available via the DepEd Commons web platform soon.
“So as to not overwhelm them, the CVIF-DLP LAS are designed to be concise and easy for learners to answer, thus motivating them to work independently,” Dr. Macasindil says.
While Maranao teachers have grown resilient following the Marawi siege three years ago, they are eager to implement new and innovative education strategies to help move their community forward. Many have expre
re about the program through Smart’s virtual trainings.
“I believe that this pedagogy is the best option for us to cope with the new normal, and will allow us to still deliver quality education to our learners during this pandemic,” says teacher Naseimah Casad.
Fellow teacher Nihaya Halil can says adopting CVIF-DLP will help show that “no pandemic or disaster should stop Maranao students from learning.”
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 #8: Quality Education, education continues to be a flagship CSR program throughout PLDT Group, with a strong emphasis on digital literacy.
To learn more about CVIF-DLP, visit www.dlp.ph, follow Dynamic Learning Program on Facebook, or send an email to LearnSmart@smart.com.ph.