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2009/02/27

eSkwela center in Tanauan empowers OSYs, adults, Gov Petilla says

Tacloban City (February 27) -- Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla praised the local government of Tanauan, Leyte for coming up with the LGU initiated eSkwela center and for being the first municipality in the Philippines to open such, that would provide ICT-enhanced educational opportunities for out-of-school youth and adults.

In his inspirational message during the launching of the eSkwela Center in Tanauan, Leyte, Governor Petilla said that surveys conducted shows that only 20% of those who graduate in high school, are able to continue their college education.

It is therefore, imperative that in high school, the students should already be taught skills that would make them productive after graduation, even if they will not be able to go on to college, Governor Petilla said.

The eSkwela is the answer to the problem of graduates who are without any skills, Governor Petilla said, that is why he fully supports the establishment of such in Tanauan.

In fact, Governor Petilla will augment the facilities of the Tanauan eSkwela by donating ten more computers which he jokingly said, he will deliver soon "lest the ten which was originally six might become fifteen or twenty," alluding to Mayor Tiu's statement that as the original six computers pledged by the Governor have not yet been delivered, the municipality will not mind if the Governor will make it ten instead.

The Tanauan eSkwela Center is temporarily based at the Tanauan community eCenter where ten (10) computers with internet access are made available for use of the learners who are out-of-school youth or adults who would like to finish high school without going back to the classrooms.

No tuition fee will be required from the enrollees to the eSkwela Center which will serve as a venue where out-of-school learners and other community members can learn new skills and competencies, review for the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Exam of the DepEd-Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS), and help prepare learners to rejoin the formal school system.

At the heart of the eSkwela Project is its Instructional Design, a blended type of learner-centered instruction consisting of three elements. The first is computer-aided learning via a customized Learning Management System that includes interactive e-learning modules; second, teacher-led instruction as aligned with the pace and need of each learner, and third, collaborative ICT-based/enhanced group activities and projects.

The eSkwela Center is a flagship project of the Commission on Information and Communication Technology through its Human Capital Development Group, in partnership with the Bureau of Alternative Learning Systems of the Department of Education, various State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), local governments, DepEd Divisions, non-government and civic groups, and communities to make education interactive, appealing, relevant, enriching, and readily available for Filipino out-of-school youth and adults. (PIA 8) [top]

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