GFS program now in 15 regions
Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) - January 4, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Globe Telecom, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), has brought its digital literacy program to 15 out of the 17 regions in the country this year.

Sixty schools were added to Globe’s Global Filipino Schools (GFS) program this year, bringing to 142 the number of its school beneficiaries.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones lauded the supporters of the public education sector.

“If you are truly seeking the truth, if you are truly seeking life, if you are truly seeking the meaning of Christmas, find it among the children whom you are serving,” she said.

Under the GFS program, every school beneficiary will serve as a training hub for teachers in the DepEd division to which the school belongs.

The school is also equipped with the knowledge and skills to facilitate workshops regarding 21st century learning skills, and the integration of information and communications technology (ICT) in the classroom.

The school also receives free Internet connectivity that teachers and students can use, free ICT equipment support such as projectors, tablets, pocket WiFi dongles, virtual-reality goggles as well as teacher training on digital literacy, digital responsibility, ICT integration in the classroom and 21st century teaching concepts and methodologies.

The GFS program is a long-term and modern approach to education that allows 21st century learning methods to be introduced and implemented in public schools nationwide, according to Globe senior vice president for corporate communications Yoly Crisanto. 

The company has committed to bringing the program to all 17 regions in the Philippines by the year 2020. 

“From current indications, though, that target may be achieved as early as next year,” Crisanto said.

Education is one area where Globe continues to focus its strength and capabilities in order to help build a more digitally savvy generation of both teachers and learners.

“Soon enough, more teachers and learners will benefit from Globe Telecom’s advocacy of a digital-centric lifestyle for everyone, which we believe is the catalyst for growth and nation-building,” Crisanto said.

To assess the program’s success, a 2015 study released by Taylor Nelson Sofres showed that the GFS program helped improve digital skills among teachers and students, specifically on the use of mobile technology and computer software. It enabled 21st century learning outcomes that involve creativity, communication, collaboration and creativity. It also increased student engagement in classroom activities and helped enhance the school culture through readiness in ICT integration.

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