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iSchools to form elite cadre of lab management trainers

By CP Calma

Iloilo (6 August) -- The iSchools Project will hold its laboratory management training of trainers (TOT) this August 6-9, 2010 at the sprawling Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College campus in Estancia, Iloilo. The training is intended to finalize the schedule, materials and approaches to be used for the lab management training rollout to be conducted for this year's 320 recipient schools.

There are 17 participants to this training, all of whom passed the rigorous Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certification exam. Once they've completed the training they will form an elite cadre of trainers that will get to train roughly 640 lab managers from public high schools covering the whole country.

The training proper will be divided into 3 segments, namely: Basic Lab Management, Library Management Setup and Joomla! Setup. Basic Lab Management will cover troubleshooting, software updating, file management, systems backup and the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Information System (PMEIS) - a homegrown project monitoring system developed by the iSchools' very own Miguel "Toots" Sebastian. The Library Management System segment will tackle core installation and admin management, which will be covered by systems developer Jaime "Loven" Garcia of Laguna University. Reine Sison-Gagno, who is an iSchools Web Management Management Consultant and a core member of the Joomla! Users Group-Philippines will cover the Joomla! Setup portion of the training.

"iSchools has always been about maintaining quality standards, especially when it comes to its capability-building initiatives," remarks Joed Alcid, Head of the Training Unit of the Project, referring to the stringent application process involved to attend the training of trainers.

"We know that the training will give our 17 hopefuls a sense of achievement in hurdling the tough LPI exam," shares Alcid.

"At the same time we hope they take to heart that they will be molding the future of the 320 iSchools Labs we will be giving out this year."

About the iSchools Project

The iSchools Project is one of the flagship projects of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) under the ICT4BE Program. Recognized at the 2009 Philippine Government ICT Awards and the 3rd Government Technology Awards in Bali, Indonesia, the Project aims to integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education, by providing training modules and increasing ICT access in public high schools. This makes it the most comprehensive ICT-for-education initiative of its kind in the Philippines. Now on its 4th year of implementation, the iSchools Project would have provided these services to 1,000 public high schools nationwide.

For more information on the iSchools Project and its Lab Management training, you may log on to or contact Ms. Liz Cruz at or through (02) 920-0101 local 299. (CICT) [top]

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