Digital Boost for Displaced Marawi Learners
Investing in Education
The Smart School-in-a-Bag, a portable digital classroom, is designed to facilitate learning in remote areas by utilizing mobile technology and innovative 21st-century teaching practices, and K-12 learning tools. Each package contains a preloaded laptop, compatible tablets, DVD player and disks, instruction books and guides, a projector and screen. For areas off-grid, the kit is powered by solar battery, a pocket wi-fi and LED monitor. On September 24, US-Philippines Society, Project Handclasp Foundation, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation and Smart Communications turned over Smart School-in-a-Bag kits to cheering students in Calocan Elementary School, Abdulazis Elementary School, and Tuca Boganga Elementary School in Marawi. A fourth kit was given as an alternative learning system that will be rotated to serve evacuation centers in the city. In accepting the kits, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of Marawi Ana Zenaida Unte Alonto said that the School-in-a-bag project represents a lasting gift to Marawi children and will improve the quality of education by allowing classes to keep up with their school work until permanent educational facilities are restored.