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By PMRC Leyte
June 8, 2009

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Ten new computer sets were given by the provincial government of Leyte to Tanuan town’s eSkwela center, a flagship project of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) that is envisioned to provide ICT-enhanced educational opportunities for Filipino out-of-school youth and adults.

This now brought the total number of computers at the Tanauan Community e-Center to twenty.

Under this project of the CICT, community-based e-learning centers or eSkwelas are being established in major centers around the country to conduct ICT-enhanced alternative education programs for interested individuals.

The center serves as a venue where out-of-school learners and other community members can learn new skills and competencies, review for the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Examination of the DepEd-BALS, and help prepare learners to rejoin the formal school system.

According to Leyte Gov. Carlos Jericho Petilla this is one project wholly supported by the provincial government as it brings e-learning opportunities and ICT learning resources to mobile teachers, instructional managers and out-of-school learners in an exciting, innovative, and locally meaningful way.

On the other hand, Tanauan Mayor Roque Tiu said the new computer sets provided by the provincial government would be a great help in making available ICT-enhanced alternative education programs for more out-of-school youths.

Enrollees of the program identified by the Division Office of the Department of Education in Leyte are called learners who are taught according to their own pace. Interactive topic modules are employed to teach the learners the five learning strands geared to help them develop basic skills in preparation for employment, vocational courses or tertiary education.

The five learning strands include communications, critical thinking and problem solving, productivity and sustainability of natural resources, development of self and sense of community, and expanding one’s world vision. The modules include audio and text materials in English but for discussions, learners can use Filipino or English.

Tanauan eSkwela based at the Tanauan Community e-Center is the first community e-center in Leyte and was launched in February of this year through the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) together with the local government of Tanauan.

Other select eSkwela project sites established in the country include Quezon City, San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City and Ormoc City.