Students of Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School were fortunate to have received the first batch of laptops and connectivity during the launch of the e-Studyante Program by P&G Philippines, Smart Communications, Inc., and Synergeia Foundation last Friday. The e-Studyante Program is an e-learning advocacy program that P&G Philippines pushed to provide beneficiary school children child-friendly laptops from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Association and internet connectivity from Smart.
It's a cute 7.5' laptop running on Linux and Sugar OS (XO-1) which will definitely expose elementary school children on learning materials with particular subject icons matched with specific learning activities organized by Synergeia. It's also a tablet as it can be folded to carry anywhere in school. We were told during the launch that beneficiary schools will be required to undergo a massive training to better facilitate learning using the laptops and better implement the e-Studyante program. Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School in Manila had more than 4,000 students and 180 teachers. The goal of the e-Studyante program is to give 1M laptops to all beneficiary school children within 24 years. It will really take time for them to accomplish such endeavor but like what Mr. Chad Sotelo, P&G Country Marketing Manager had said, "Why not?"
They are all aware that classroom shortage and other perennial problems in the public school system need to be addressed but it is still a must to adapt to the changing technology now that DepEd had adopted the UBD curriculum. Smart Communications, Inc had previously been supporting the public schools with the previous program on Gilas which seemed stale in progress because of the long crying bureaucratic system of DepEd.
The students of Manuel L. Quezon discovered their firsthand video messages from celebrity supporters of the program and a surprising email from the President of the Philippines. They were so happy to have received a personal email from our President and they were all able to reply with the guidance of the P&G employee volunteers.
Lea Salonga's song for the e-Studyante program, "Handog ng Kinabukasan" made me cry interpreted by the Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School children and it was even heartwarming to see the smiles of the kids at their new laptops. On its 75th year, P&G takes the commitment to improve the quality of education in the Philippines with e-Studyante program. They heed for support in making this dream a reality by inviting all moms and all Filipinos all over the country to support by buying the P&G promo packs and spreading the word about the program to family and friends.
What's more inviting about the promo packs is that you can save up to 40% on your favorite P&G products (Pantene, Safeguard, Tide, Pampers, Downy, Ariel, Head &Shoulders, Joy, Rejoice, Whisper, Olay, Gilette, Vicks and Ambi-Pur) and contribute to making students' education more engaging and fun through laptops and the internet.
As a public school teacher, I am humbled at the efforts given by the P&G, Smart and Synergeia on e-Studyante program and I am really hoping that it would also be extended to the public high schools in the country. We should all support the program to better facilitate e-learning in the public schools. Respond always with optimism because the success of the e-Studyante program lies in the participation of all. Getting those promo packs will not just save money now, it will support giving laptops and internet to all public school children. Live the dream to uplift the standard of education in our country today.
For more information: visit the e-Studyante Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/e-StudyantePh