DepEd Region II calls on division heads to support Global Filipino Schools Program of Globe Telecom
The Cagayan Valley regional office of the Department of Education (DepEd) has called on its division heads to support the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) program of Globe Telecom which aims to equip teachers and students with knowledge and skills on the use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the classroom to make them globally competitive.
“In cooperation with Globe Telecom, we would like to respond to the challenges facing our education sector such as limited access to digital learning in public schools. For this reason we are engaging each schools division in our region to bring 21st century learning to public schools nationwide through the Global Filipino Schools Program (GFS),” DepEd Region 2 said in Memorandum No. RO2_RM_s2016_037.
The regional office requested school division heads to nominate up to three public high schools in their areas with population of 500 to 3,000 students for GFS assessment. To qualify, the schools should have at least 25 functional computer workstation, has an existing internet connection, and is willing to be a teacher training hub on ICT integration in the classroom. A project representative from Globe will contact the schools directly for assessment, interview, and ocular to identify the final candidate for each division office.
“We are thankful for the support extended to us by DepEd Region 2. This brings us closer to our goal of expanding the GFS program to all 221 DepEd school divisions within a five-year period. By working together with DepEd and other partners, we hope to give more Filipino youth, especially those who are underprivileged yet deserving, better access to quality education and provide them the skills and knowledge they need to succeed not only in the classroom but also outside of school,” said Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Citizenship.
GFS is a long-term educational initiative of Globe that seeks to transform selected public schools into centers of ICT excellence and innovative teaching methods. The chosen schools shall be provided with unparalleled online connectivity to give home room teachers access to limitless teaching and learning engagements available on the internet.
The schools shall also receive a Globe Digital Laboratory package containing netbooks/tablets, mobile projectors, printers, and sound systems while the teachers shall be given training on ICT education and project-based learning so they can maximize the resources provide to their school. All schools under GFS are intended to become teacher training hubs and training partners of the DepEd Division Offices in conducting teaching workshops for neighboring schools of each division.
GFS was initially piloted by Globe and DepEd in Bilar National High School four years ago and is now present in 20 public schools nationwide. The positive feedback received from the initial GFS implementation prompted Globe to roll it out in all DepEd divisions beginning 2016.