INQskwela: Inquirer, Valenzuela teams up for students

MANILA, Philippines — The City of Valenzuela The government and the Philippine Daily Inquirer, through the Inquirer Foundation, have partnered on a project to promote reading and media literacy among students and teachers.

The Valenzuela INQskwela project is the latest stage of an initiative launched by the newspaper in 2019. As part of INQskwela, partner schools will see news and information published in the Inquirer as part of students’ lessons, especially in their social studies, English and journalism. topics.

A total of 26 public junior and senior high schools in the city of Valenzuela, representing approximately 60,000 students, will have access to the digital edition of the InquirerPlus newspaper for four months starting February 14.

The original plan was to distribute printed copies of the newspaper to each school, but the digital version will be used for now since the city has not yet resumed in-person classes.

joy of reading

“When I was a kid, I remember cutting newspaper articles and pasting them on bond paper for homework. I want this project to bring back the joy of reading newspapers,” Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said during the virtual signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) between the local government and the Inquirer on Friday.

Nostalgia aside, Gatchalian said he also hopes students in his town will become more aware of current events and develop a sense of involvement in society at a young age.

One of INQskwela’s goals is to make young people aware of fake news by getting their information only from credible sources.

Reading newspapers as a habit, said Gatchalian, “helped me realize that maybe we don’t all share the same opinions all the time; the country is diverse. We have different perceptions and points of view. But ultimately, it is our responsibility to understand that diversity

Solutions Journalism

The partnership is proof that the Ministry of Education, the City of Valenzuela and the Inquirer have a common understanding of what public service really means, according to Inquirer President and CEO Rudyard Arbolado.

“In your case (Valenzuela), you are fulfilling your duty as public officials seeking to develop young people with a view to improving their lives. For the applicant, we see [INQskwela] as our contribution to a new brand of journalism that we call solutions journalism,” Arbolado said during the signing of the MOA.

With Valenzuela in the lead, there is hope that this kind of partnership will flourish among local governments in Metro Manila and later across the country. This network of partnerships, he said, will be an ideal forum to exchange ideas, techniques and best practices for the advancement of the country’s education system. “The real winners here are our young people and the country,” said Arbolado, himself an educator who teaches business law at a university in his hometown of Bacolod City.

Bee quiz, debate

In June, the Inquirer and the city government of Valenzuela plan to hold an INQskwela Quiz Bee, an inter-school competition that can give the city’s brightest students a chance to shine.

“As the culminating activity of the INQskwela umbrella project – and with questions coming from news articles published in the Inquirer, the Quiz Bee will test students’ knowledge of current events, national news and interesting happenings in the country,” said Connie Kalagayan. , director of the Inquirer Foundation.

An inter-school debate is also planned as part of the INQskwela project, as well as a webinar where students can interact with the Inquirer’s award-winning journalists and editors to gain insight into their life and work as journalists.

“Every learning opportunity matters,” Gatchalian said. “This is a great start for INQskwela, and we look forward to expanding it even further in the years to come.”


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