LUBANG, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines — Pupils in two public
elementary schools here were introduced to the wonders of digital
learning as the Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with
Education Kindling (eKindling), officially launched the One Laptop per
Child (OLPC) Program Monday.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro graced the launching and lauded the
program saying that this would indeed scale up the quality of education
especially with the use of modern technology.
“I would like to tell our students to make the most of this and use this to dream for your future,” he said.
Luistro also encouraged local officials as well as the schools to
work together and find creative means of addressing problems in the
basic education sector.
Mr. Ryan Letada, eKindling executive director, said the 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,”
This program, said OLPC Philippines Susan Abaya, 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
Mindoro but in the whole country.”
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 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 contructivist learning philosophy,”
Source: Manila Bulletin, Ina Hernando-Malipot, 12-06-2010