US launches P92.3-M literacy program for blind, deaf children in PH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019   •   792

USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II leads the signing of the pledge of commitment during the launch of USAID’s new education project, Gabay.   (Courtesy: U.S. Embassy in the Philippines)

The United States (US) government has launched a literacy program for the blind and deaf children in the Philippines.

Gabay is the program launched by the US through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

It is is a three-year project for blind and deaf children in the country to have access to quality education.

USAID is in partnership with the Department of Education and Resources for Blind, Inc. 

They will work with local governments in the provinces of Batangas, Sorsogon, and Southern Leyte, to identify children from kindergarten to grade three with vision and hearing impairments.

“The United States is a strong advocate of disability policies and programs.  We believe that people with disabilities have and should have all the same rights as others,” said USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy during the launching of the new project.

The project aims to increase the capacity of service providers and health workers to detect the needs of children with visual and hearing impairments.

“[To] improve teachers’ abilities to prepare and deliver appropriate learning plans, and enhance local government and communities’ responsiveness to the needs of people with disabilities,” according to the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.—AAC

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House panel approves resolution for TV networks to air 3-hour educational programs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2020

The House Committee on Sustainable Development Goals has approved House Resolution 856 that seeks to encourage private and public television stations to air three hours of educational programs.

Alliance of Organizations, Networks and Associations (ALONA) Partylist Rep. Anna Marie Villaraza-Suarez, committee chairman, said they want to support students who have limited access to the internet and other gadgets.

According to Department of Education (DepEd) Usec. for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio, this will greatly help the department’s implementation of distance learning.

“Dahil diyan sa resolusyon na iyan ay mag-ooffer sa atin ang mga TV stations ng kahit 30 minuto kada araw na hindi na kailangang…kumbaga, bayaran ng DepEd, ay malaking tulong iyan (Because of the resolution, TV stations will offer at least 30 minutes every day which DepEd need not pay. It would help a lot),” he said.

DepEd’s regional offices are currently coordinating with local TV stations in airing educational shows. Meanwhile the National Telecommunications Commissions (NTC) recently released Memorandum Order 10-06-2020 which requires TV stations to allot 30 hours per month for the government to provide the needed educational services. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento).

Division of City Schools-Manila receives 286K SIM cards for blended distance learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 11, 2020

Division of City Schools (DCS)-Manila received 286,000 SIM cards for students and teachers in preparation for blended distance learning.

The SIM cards also have 10GB monthly allotment of bandwidth to ensure internet connectivity for students and teachers amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“This will certainly help our learners and their instructors ensure internet connectivity during classes,” according to Division of City Schools (DCS) Superintendent Dr. Maria Magdalena Lim.

The SIM cards along with the tablets for students and laptops for their instructors will be distributed by next week. -AAC

UP climbs to 65th place among top universities in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2020

The University of the Philippines (UP) has climbed to the 65th rank among the top universities in Asia.

From its previous 95th ranking, UP moved up 30 points in the newly released 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings.

The THE Asia University Rankings uses Teaching, Research, Citations, International Outlook and Industry Income as criteria to rank universities, the same criteria used in World University Rankings.

“The national university has been featured in the THE Asia University Rankings since 2017. It entered the top 100 for the first time in 2019, soaring 61 places from its 156th position in 2018. In 2017, UP belonged to the 201st-250th ranking group,” according to UP. AAC

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