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DSWD inks MOA on e-Learning network project for kids

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (5 February) -- "To provide quality and holistic early childhood care education, not only developing the child's cognitive, social, physical and emotional aspect but also integrate health, nutrition and other needs of the children to be part of the pre-school program".

This was the objective emphasized by Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral of the Department of Social Welfare and Development during the signing of a memorandum of agreement recently with MFI Foundation, Inc. and Technology Support Services, Inc. (TSSI) for the creation of a Philippine e-Learning Network or PeN Project.

According to the DSWD website press report, the undertaking is a distance learning program for day care centers under the early childhood care and development (ECCD) program of the government for all barangay day care centers.

The PeN project hopes to increase enrollment of day care children from 1.2 million to 3 million. For a start, the project will cover 42,000 barangay day care centers nationwide, the DSWD press report said.

Under the PeN project, children will experience a stimulating and enriching early childhood experience carried out through the home, day care, pre-school or kindergarten. Their parents will be provided with a literacy training and continuing education program. Likewise, parents, caregivers, day care workers and pre-school teachers will be trained on proper stimulation and development of children. Further, it will also review and update pre-school curriculum.

MFI Foundation, Inc. being a forerunner in quality technical education and was recognized globally for its expertise and capability in managing and operating a technical institute will assist DSWD in the preparation of the instructional materials required for early childhood care education.

The TSSI on the other hand, will help the DSWD build information technology infrastructures needed for the project and manage an end-to-end satellite-based distance learning network. TSSI will also help manage the program campaign, raise funds for the sustainability of the program, as well as in the production and broadcast of satellite-ready instructional materials.

To make this project a successful undertaking, the DSWD will ensure that close coordination with all relevant national and local government agencies will be secured, undertake social preparation, capability building training for its field staff as well as public relations and dissemination about the program. DSWD will also provide the program with the teaching materials and aids for the barangay day care centers requirements on early childhood care and development and assist in the development of new and relevant teaching aids, as needed.(DSWD/PIA 6) [top]

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