BridgeIT Vietnam rep visits Text2Teach community

The program manager for the global BridgeIT program in Vietnam visited the country recently to see firsthand how Text2Teach, BridgeIT’s Philippine version, is implemented.

Julia Stanton, BridgeIT Vietnam’s program manager, was in the country from May 21 to 23. In the Philippines, Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) is the project manager of Text2Teach. AFI leads in mobilizing the public sector counterpart of the project  through the local government units. It also takes charge of the partner management, schools validation, community mobilization, sustainability, monitoring and evaluation.

BridgeIT officially started in Vietnam eight months ago. “As a new implementer of BridgeIT we are interested to know how AFI was able to convince the local government units (LGU) to invest in the program and the Department of Education (DepEd) to accept a major role in program,” said Stanton.

Stanton was present at the T2T teacher-training in Hamtic, Antique, where she also had discussions with the participants and other program partners and beneficiaries. Also joining Stanton was Dino Rey Abellanosa, AFI senior manager for Visayas Operations.

Runato Basañes, ICT coordinator of the DepEd­–Division of Antique, was present during the training. He said: “We believe that through T2T we will be able to increase our performance as a division and we also owe this partnership to our LGU who made it possible for us.”

On her last day, Stanton joined the T2T team at a courtesy meeting and discussion with representatives from DepEd and Globe Telecom. Present during the discussion were DepEd–Bureau of Elementary Education director Marilyn Dimaano, Chief of Curriculum Unit Abe Medes, Education Program Supervisor Thea Manalo, Globe head for corporate social responsibility Rob Nazal.

At the end of her three-day visit, Stanton said: “I learnt a lot about how the project has become successful in the Philippines and I hope that I can replicate some of this in Vietnam.”

Since AFI took over the lead of Text2Teach in 2008, it has already provided three learning sessions to its counterparts in India, Chile, and Vietnam.

Aside from the Philippines, BridgeIT is implemented in 11 other countries. These are Haiti, Colombia, Chile, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, and Vietnam.

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