Globe Telecom recently started rolling out its fiber broadband internet connection in public schools to encourage adoption and application of technology in the field of education. This initiative is in line with the company’s vision of leading the Philippines into becoming a digital nation by 2020.
The initial recipient of Globe fiber connectivity with speeds of up to 100 Mbps is the first pilot science high school in the country, Manila Science High School (MaSci). It is one of the schools under Globe Telecom’s Global Filipino School (GFS) program, a long-term educational initiative designed to transform select public schools into centers of excellence in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and innovative teaching methods.
As a GFS, MaSci enjoys free internet service; ICT tools for learning such as tablets, netbooks, projectors, and a mobile cart; and teacher training on how to maximize technology in the classroom. MaSci Batch 91, on the other hand, will provide a collaborative working space in the school.
At present, 80 schools are under GFS, impacting more than 7,000 teachers and 40,000 students around the country with 60 more GFS schools to be launched next year. Globe aims to share the GFS Program to all 221 DepEd divisions by 2020.
A 2015 study released by Taylor Nelson Sofres, shows how the GFS program was able to improve digital skills among teachers and students, particularly on usage of mobile technology and computer software; enable 21st Century Learning Outcomes such as creativity, communication, collaboration and creativity; increase student engagement in classroom activities; and enhance school culture through readiness in ICT integration.
For more information on how you can contribute to the program visit www.globalfilipinoschools.com, TEXT GFS to 21580-437 for donations, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for partnership opportunities.