Over 3,600 students from two public elementary schools in Luzon stand to benefit this year from the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) program, which empowers schools into becoming “21st-century-ready educational institutions.”
Through a social investment (valued at P8 million) from Chevron Philippines, Jacinto Zamora Elementary School in Pandacan, Manila, and the San Pascual Central Elementary School in San Pascual, Batangas are the latest recipients of the expanded GFS, an educational program spearheaded by Ayala Foundation and Globe Telecom.
As Global Filipino Schools, these two public schools receive a computer laboratory equipped with computers and tablets, Internet connectivity, and other peripherals. More than the hardware, GFS provides ICT-proficiency training for teachers. This equips them with the skills necessary to use various aspects of information and communication technology in improving learning, while also helping them enhance the classroom experience. The teacher-training component of the program is conducted by Ayala Foundation’s Training Institute program.
“We in Chevron believe in the power of education to drive both personal and economic growth. GFS aligns well with our Caltex Energy for Learning program’s focus on sustainable empowerment through education,” said Peter Morris, country chairman of Chevron Philippines. “It is our hope that this program will build the capacity of the public school students and their teachers in our host communities to become at par with the rest of the global digital generation.” Chevron markets Caltex products in the country.
These two schools were officially recognized as GFS in two separate events held on August 22 and 23, attended by key officials from Caltex, Ayala Foundation, Globe Telecom, the Department of Education, and the City Government of Manila and the Municipal Government of San Pascual, Batangas.
“Ayala Foundation recognizes the critical role played by education in the development of our people and communities,” said Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan. “Through education programs like Global Filipino Schools, Ayala Foundation—with the help of partners like Globe and Caltex—hopes to make a positive contribution in the lives of Filipinos across the country, not only in terms of meeting short-term learning targets, but also in terms of long-term development goals in our communities and country.”
“Globe has been a longtime advocate of education,” added Yolanda Crisanto, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications at Globe Telecom. “We want to give Filipinos, especially those who are underprivileged yet deserving, more access to education opportunities through ICT. Thus, we are confident that through GFS, we can be instrumental in increasing the quality of learning in the public sector and give the Filipino youth a brighter future.”
After the launch, GFS is holding training sessions for a total of 112 teachers from both schools. The training will cover ICT lab maintenance, on top of the Training Institute curriculum, which focuses on the following areas: classroom pedagogy, development of critical thinking skills, values clarification, and use of technology in the classroom.
Jacinto Zamora Elementary School and San Pascual Central Elementary School are the third and fourth schools to be part of the expanded GFS, which was launched earlier this year in Indahag Elementary School and Father William Masterson, SJ Elementary School, both in Cagayan de Oro City.