Driving free education toward a whole new level of accessibility for 700 Alternative Learning System (ALS) learners in Quezon province, Taiwan Excellence Organization, together with DepEd Central Office and DepEd EdTech, chose DepEd Quezon as a recipient of the ALS Mobile Classroom concept.
This happened during the “Sharing is Caring: Mobile Classroom” media event participated by SDO Quezon officials CID Chief Lorena S. Walangsumbat, EPS Asuncion Ilao, ITO Wilbert Porteza, EPSA Buena Jaro, and EPSA Arlene Coronado.
“With the mobile classroom, learners would feel a sense of school system with full access to sophisticated technology,” Walangsumbat said on her facebook post.
Mobile Classroom, conceptualized by Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities, was the Philippines’ winning entry in an international competition of sustainability programs and concepts launched by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council last year. These Taiwan-inspired classrooms-on-wheels house educational materials and equipment such as laptops and teaching aids, and personal protective equipment such as face masks, all intended for the use of out-of-school youth, unschooled parents, and unemployed persons in the remote areas of Cebu, Bulacan, Laguna, and Quezon.
“The program teaches the Alternative Learning System (ALS) modules developed by the Department of Education, intended to jumpstart and empower the growth potentials of its beneficiary learners in the fields of Mathematics, Information Technology, Livelihood, and Basic Entrepreneurship,” the PowerPoint presentation for the media event stated.
The beneficiary learners from the districts of Tiaong, Candelaria, Lopez, and Calauag were among the 2,000 learners of 21 towns in the selected areas that the Mobile Classroom aims to reach through non-formal education.
Meanwhile, CID Chief Lorena S. Walangsumbat received the certificate appreciation from Sec Silvestre Belo III and Taiwanese Ambassador Michael Peiyung Hsu while SDO Quezon Superintendent Elias A. Alicaya, Jr. delivered his message through a recorded video.
'Mobile Classroom' drives up for 2000 drop-outs, unschooled parents A Filipino winning entry ‘Mobile Classroom’ concept officially rolled out in the country, aiming a free education program to almost 2000 out of school youths, unemployed and unschooled parents to jumpstart their growth potentials in the field of Mathematics, Information Technology, Livelihood and Basic Entrepreneurship.
Based from the event summary of Sharing is Caring: Mobile Classroom, a media event launched by Taiwan Excellence, it is stated that this concept of SEED4Com (Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities), non-profit organization from Cebu targeted the improvement of human conditions and poverty-stricken rural communities just in their town.
However, the said trade and industry council from Taiwan supported the potential of the concept as it evolved through different cities and provinces in the Philippines such as Cebu, Quezon, Bulacan and Laguna to widely spread the main goal of Mobile Classroom.
In addition, the production design of Mobile Classroom utilized Taiwan products from the solar power source to the teaching aids and laptops used for the potential beneficiaries of this program. The concept also highlighted the considerations for the design which set to give a comfortable spacing for seating capacity, address the security concerns of the participants and the closer interaction for the classroom.
Meanwhile, several speakers from Taiwan are expected to attend the media event in November 9, 2022, at Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel to discuss on how the two countries communicate and cooperate to come up with different business and education programs and opportunities.
Top on the list were Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Ambassador Michael Peiyung Hsu and the Director General of Bureau of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Affairs Cynthia Kiang. Apart from Taiwan visitors, current Vice President and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Duterte expected to give gratitude to Taiwan and how she envisions the partnership with the said country.
According to the event brief, Duterte should explain on how she will align the Mobile Classroom initiative to the current education system of the county as Secretary.
On the other hand, CID Chief Lorena S. Walangsumbat received the certificate appreciation from Sec Silvestre Belo III and Taiwanese Ambassador Michael Peiyung Hsu while SDO Quezon Superintendent Elias A. Alicaya, Jr. delivered his message through a recorded video.
Other SDO Quezon personnel who attended the event were EPS Asuncion Ilao, ITO Wilbert Porteza and EPSA Arlene Coronado.
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