DepEd receives 100 school kits in a bag from USAid, Smart and PBSP
School-in-a-Bag kits are distributed to public schools by USAid, Smart and Philippine Business for Social Progress. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
As part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to strengthening reading in the early years of school, the United States Agency for International Development (USAid), in partnership with Smart Communications and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), handed over 100 (SIAB) worth more than 10.4 million pesos ($208,000) to the Ministry of Education (DepEd) on May 11.
USAid Philippines Acting Mission Director Brandon Miller, Alex Caeg, Senior Vice President of Smart Communications, and Stephanie Orlino, Center Director/Associate Vice President for Stakeholder Management, and Elvin Uy, Executive Director of PBSP, delivered the school kits in a bag to DepEd Undersecretary of Studies for Curriculum. and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio; Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships, Project Management Services and Office of Private Education, Tonisito Umali; and Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua. Each kit contains a laptop, 10 tablets with additional expandable memory and pre-loaded pocket Wi-Fi with internet access worth P500.
“Through the Smart School-in-a-Bag initiative, we will be able to advance digital literacy amid and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in remote areas that lack access to technology,” said Brandon Miller, USAid Philippines Acting Deputy Mission Director. . “We will continue to forge partnerships with the private sector, local government units and the local community so that no one is left behind and every child receives a quality education.”
DepEd will distribute these kits to select schools in Regions 5, 6, Maguindanao, Cotabato Special Geographic Area, and Cotabato City, as well as schools associated with USAid’s Remote Learning Study. The tablets will be loaded with e-resources such as DepEd TV episodes, interactive literacy manuals in native languages, USAid-supported e-books, and other digital resources that can bridge the digital divide and improve early reading , especially those in the most remote parts of the country.