With today’s technologically advanced generation, it’s high time for our schools to be equipped with training and lessons that are of the 21st century. Traditional education, in my opinion, is still effective to some degree, but we have to crank it up a little higher to cover topics like social media etiquette, cyberbullying and everything under the cyberwellness umbrella. That’s why I was glad when I was invited to attend Globe‘s event for their Global Filipino School program (GFS program) in Cebu City National Science High School (CCNSHS).
What is the Global Filipino School Program?
The Global Filipino School program provides select public schools with infrastructure support and ICT equipment such as the Globe Digital Learning Lab – a mobile cart of ICT gadgets composed of netbooks, tablets, and projectors powered with superior internet connectivity. The Lab can be used to teach different subject matters whether inside or outside the classroom to encourage creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
The program also has a teacher training component to empower the teachers with skills to seamlessly use ICT tools in their subject expertise. In turn, the schools under the GFS Program serve as a teacher training hub for the Department of Education and are responsible for carrying out teacher training to neighboring schools.
For CCNSHS, the school we visited during our trip, it has 38 teachers and 1,004 students. Globe turned over:
- 20 tablets with mirroring capability for projectors and LCD screens
- 2 projector kits with projector screen
- 10 Globe Prepaid Supersticks
- 1 mobile cart which also serves as a charging station
- And, free 10mbps internet connection
CCNSHS is the 10th school in Cebu province which benefitted from the GFS program which now covers 142 schools all over the country. The program, which started in 2012, intends to transform at least one school in each of the 221 school divisions under the Department of Education into centers of ICT excellence within the next four years. I can’t wait for this program to reach Visayas.
What is the impact of the Global Filipino School Program on students?
We had the chance to ask one of Cebu City National Science High School’s students to find out whether the program is actually making an impact or not. As expected, the students are responding well according to this young lady. She accounts that she is learning about how to use social media responsibly and how technology can improve lives. Her horizon and perspective broadened because of what she is learning.
I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She replied that she wanted to be a doctor but might just change her mind because of all the new possibilities that she was introduced to by the lessons she learned from the Global Filipino School program.