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CICT launches first municipal eSkwela in Tanauan

Tacloban City (February 25) -- Tanauan, Leyte is the venue of the first municipal eSkwela, a flagship project of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), that is envision to provide ICT-enhanced educational opportunities for Filipino out-of-school youth and adults.

The initiative responds directly to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's national development priority and will bring e-learning opportunities and ICT for learning resources to mobile teachers, instructional managers and out-of-school learners in the Philippines in an exciting, innovative, and locally meaningful way.

The Tanauan eSkwela is scheduled to be launched on February 25, at about 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon, at the Tanauan Town Hall.

Tanauan Mayor Roque Tiu informed that invited to grace the launching are Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, DepEd Director Sol Matugas, Leyte Division Superintendent Sol Lomarda, BALS Leyte Division chief Delia Catilogo and officials of CICT, among others.

Mayor Tiu added that he is hoping the officers of the Literacy Coordinating Council, Dr. Norma Salcedo who is the LCC executive director and Dir. Emelyn Libunao of the Inter Agency Program Division of the Philippine Information Agency, will also grace the launching.

Mayor Tiu said that the no fees will be collected from the out-of-school youth and adults who will enroll at the Tanauan eSkwela which will be based at the Tanauan Community eCenter, the first community eCenter established in Region 8.

The CICT provided the software for the Tanauan eSkwela, Mayor Tiu said. Two volunteers, former clients of Tanauan ALS, were sent to Oroquieta City eSkwela for training, he added.

Mayor Tiu informed that the eSkuela established project sites are Quezon City, San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City and Ormoc City.

Under this project of the CICT, community-based e-Learning Centers or eSkwelas are being established in major centers around the country to conduct ICT-enhanced alternative education programs for interested individuals.

These centers serve as venues 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.

CICT-Human Capital Development Group has partnered 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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