‘Laptop per child’ program launched in Mindoro

POSTED: Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

LUBANG Island, Occidental Mindoro — The Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with Education Kindling (eKindling), officially launched Monday (December 6) the “One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Program to pupils in two public elementary schools here which, in a way, introduces children to the wonders of digital technology.

No less than Education Secretary Armin Luistro travelled all the way from Manila and graced the said launching amidst the warm reception given by Mindoro islanders.

“I would like to tell our students to make the most of this and use this to dream for your future,” Secretary Luistro said as he lauded the DepEd program by saying this would indeed raise the quality of education in the country especially with the use of such modern technology.

The DepEd Secretary also encouraged local officials here and the schools’ teaching personnel to work together and find creative means of addressing problems in the basic education sector.

Mr. Ryan Letada, eKindling executive director, on the other hand, said OLPC is a worldwide project that aims to create educational opportunities for the poorest children of the world by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.

“When children have access to this type of tool, they get engaged in their own education.  They learn, share, create, and collaborate.  They become connected to each other, to the world, and to a brighter future,” Letada explained.

For his part, OLPC Philippines’ Susan Abaya noted that the said program is first of its kind in the Philippines and in South East Asia and seventh in the world.  “If possible, we want to replicate this not only in the entire province of (Occidental) Mindoro but in the whole country.”

Here, a total of 100 XOLaptops were deployed by eKindling, a Philippines-based nonprofit dedicated to creating meaningful learning experiences by bringing technology-based, educational innovations to children, classrooms and communities across the country.

The XO is considered a potent learning tool that is designed and built especially for children especially those living in some of the most remote areas such as here in Lubang Island.  The laptop is about the size of a small textbook and has built-in wireless, unique screen which makes it possible for the children to read even they go outdoors.

Through these extremely durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, and fun laptops, 95 grade four pupils in Lubang Central School and Maligaya Elementary School were introduced to new and joyful ways learning using modern technology. Four units were given to the teachers and one to the technical support for maintenance.

According to eKindling Education Director Tessa Yuvienco, it is very important for children to experience the educational possibilities of digital learning.  “We want to show how technologies can provide a meaningful, transformative, and connected education to the children of the Philippines,” she explained.

The XOlaptops that were given to the students during the pilot testing cost $228 or about P10,000 each.  The recipients would be able to use it until they finish elementary school. “The students can bring the laptop in their homes and they can do their assignments and even share it with their siblings and parents,” added Letada.

The laptops already contain educational materials developed by eKindling.  In the classrooms, educators and students are expected to use the XOlaptops to enhance their learning in English, Math, Science, and Makabayan.  “In the course of the academic year, they will also be introduced to new concepts of digital learning that is anchored on 21st century learning methodologies and a constructivist learning philosophy,” Letada explained. (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)

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  1. Art Catapang says:

    There has got to be away to expand this program to all the appropriate student on the island of Mindoro.This is the only way that Mindoro students can get up to speed with the current technology and meaningfully live and fully participate in the 21st century Philippines.If we do not avail our students with this modern tool for learning and communicating, they will surely be left behind by other more fortunate students.

    Who needs to be tagged in Oriental Mindoro to act on this issue?

  2. Gary Bacarra says:

    Yes, it is right to give the child tools for their future!

  3. Nur says:

    Dear Sir,Magtatanong lang po kung ano pa po dapat namin gawin at kung sino ang dapat lapitan para po sana matgaunuln ang kapatid kong wala naman kakayahang ilapit sa abogado ang kasong ito;Narito po ang ang paglalahad ng pangyayari:Pinagalitan ang pamankin ko ng isang Claire Basia,na nakasuot madre at ni Nerlita Hayohay sa Brgy. Rizal,Monreal, Masbate, Elem. School dahil sa nagawa ng bata na ito daw ay napatae (napadumi) lamang sa hindi loob ng comportroom; Piningot sa tenga ang bata ni Claire Basia, ng nakasuot madre sa School na yun.Nalaman ng ama ng bata at nagusap na sila ng madre na si Claire Basia, at di na sana ipaparating sa Ina ng bata; Nang nakarating sa kaalaman ng Ina ang nangyari nagsadya ito sa School,June 30,2011, 1:00pm, at saktong sa loob ng classroom ng bata sa Grade 2- B ,nasaksihan ng Ina ni John Cedrick na pinagagalitan muli nung Claire Basia na nakasuot madre, kasama itong Nerlita Hayohay na isang teacher ng Grade 2-A, sa classroom ng Maricon Bartolay Teacher ni John Cedrick Escorel, 8 year oldPinagagalitan ang bata sa harap ng mga kaklase nito at ibang saksing kabataan at sa harap ng teacher ng Grade 2-B, si Maricon Bartolay (Classroom mismo ni Maricon Bartolay na walang nagawang aksyon), habang galit na DINUDURODURO ANG BATA at PINAGAGALITAN nung Claire Basia ang bata ng si John Cedrick Escorel, 8year old, at sinasabing di ba ikaw yung tumae dun sa likod? nagsumbong ka?! Nagsumbong ka?! Sabihin mo hindi ka piningot, dahil maraming mapapahamak sa’yo,ikaw ang tumae diba?!habang nakaupo ang bata at takot na takot, nakatungo.Sa nakita ng Ina, lumapit ito sa bata at tinawag ang anak saka ito tumunghay;pagkatapos ng pangyayaring ito instinct na nagalit ang Ina (Riza Escorel) ng bata sa Claire Basia at Nerlita Hayohay at sinabing wag na wag nilang sasaktan ang bata, pero sumagot ang Claire Basia na nakasuot madre at sinabi sa Ina ng Bata, Lukaluka ka! luka ka luka ka! kaya naman sa galit nitong Ina ng bata nasampal niya itong Claire na pinagsimulan ng kanilang away pero maraming naging saksi na Itong Claire Basia po at si Nerlita Hayohay na Teacher ng Grade 2 -A ay pinagtulungan ito Riza Escorel sa loob mismo ng School na yun halos malamog ang buong katawan;. Ang alam ko po,concern ako sa kinabukasan ng bata, na nagkaroon takot na pumasok ng School. at maturuan din ng leksyon ang isang nakasuot madre na Claire Basia;Nailapit na rin po ito sa DSWD sa lugar na yun pero ang payo po sa kanila ay naguubos lang ng oras at gagastos lang daw po, makipag areglo nalang daw sa barangay;

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