8 Mindanao teachers complete 'IT essentials' course
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (8 December) -- AT least eight high school teachers from Mindanao were declared certified instructors of "Information and Technology (IT) Essentials" during a simple graduation ceremony held at Pryce Plaza Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City recently.
Mostly coming from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other conflict-affected areas in the island, the said teachers were provided with the essential IT skills that will help prepare their students for the highly competitive global information society by the Cisco Systems Inc., a worldwide leader in Internet networking solutions and USAID's Computer Literacy and Internet Connection (CLIC) Program implemented by the Growth for Equity in Mindanao (GEM) program.
"Having completed the training on Nov. 21-30, 2005 at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Iligan City, where a Cisco Regional Academy was established with technical support from De La Salle University, these teachers will comprise the pool of instructors who are now certified to offer the IT course to 4th year students in their respective schools," CLIC Program Manager Happy Ballesteros-Raagas said..
These Cisco "IT Essentials" certified instructors are Zosimo B. Gomez of Maria Cristina National High School (MCNHS), Iligan City; Marlon M. Garrigues of Upi Agricultural School, Upi, Maguindanao; Jaymar I. Pael of Maluso High School (MHS), Maluso, Basilan; and Hilario C. Abuda of Sulu HS, Jolo Sulu.
The others are Letecia R. Cresmundo of Ayala NHS, Andreus J. Hansen of Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial HS, Alexander D. Lanipa of Vitali NHS, and Michael G. Rute of Zamboanga City NHS-Main, all of Zamboanga City.
Introduced by the Cisco Networking Academy (CNA) for the first time in Mindanao, the CISCO-USAID/CLIC Program is a hands-on, lab-oriented program, which provides skills training on assembling a computer, installing an operating system, adding peripherals, connecting computers to local area networks (LAN), and connecting computers to the Internet, which is expected to help prepare students for the CompTIA's A+ certification, an internationally-recognized, entry level employability credential.
An integral part of Cisco's social responsibility of providing Internet technology skills crucial to meeting the challenges of the global economy, the program, which is designed to help bridge the digital divide in countries Cisco is serving, has benefited about 1.6 million students in 10,000 academies across 160 countries worldwide, Sandy Walsh, regional manager for the CAN Program-Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems said.
Recently, a study of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) showed Internet users in the Philippines has been increasing over the past three years, buoyed by the liberalization of the telecommunications industry in the country.
Also present during the occasion were Commissioner Emmanuel Lallana of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Michael Langsdorf, GEM deputy program manager for education and governance, Dr. Emmanuel M. Lagare, executive director, MSU-IIT Communications Technology Center, Dr. Lourdes G. Tolod, schools division superintendent of Iligan City, and Eric Sulit, channels and marketing manager of Cisco Systems, Philippines.
Raagas also said CLIC's assistance to schools in the ARMM and CAAM may include Internet-connected computers, a LAN and training on basic computer maintenance and troubleshooting for teachers and Parent Teacher Community Association (PTCA) members. (PIA-10) [top]