06 November 2019 – Two public high schools and a public library were recognized as top performing Technology Empowerment for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (Tech4ED) centers in Metro Manila, acknowledging their relentless commitment in narrowing the digital divide in the country. This was during the National Capital Region (NCR) Tech4ED Conference held in Quezon City.
Kaunlaran High School, Carlos Albert High School, and Sentro ng Karunungan Library Tech4ED centers in Navotas, Quezon City, and Manila respectively, garnered the higest number of registered platform users for quarters one and two for the year 2019.
Maribel Montero, a public school teacher and a center manager from Kaunlaran High School said the recognition serves as motivation for them to further strengthen the center’s impact to their stakeholders.
“Masaya kami na napapalitan iyong lahat ng sacrifices kasi full load kaming teachers so nadadagdag talaga siya sa trabaho namin. Ang daming challenges na nae-encounter pero iyong pagiging compassionate namin sa aming ginagawa, iyon ang pinakabala namin,” she added.
(We are very happy that our sacrifices are being acknowledged. On top of our regular workload as teachers, we still have to find time to fulfill our duties as center managers. We encounter many challenges but we overcome this through our compassion towards our work.)
Alongside acknowledging outstanding Tech4ED centers, the conference mainly aimed to enhance the skills of center managers and knowledge workers through workshops and sharing of best practices.
“Bilang isang center manager, gustung–gusto ko yung nare-reach out mo rin iyong community. Sabi nga ay ‘no one will be left behind’ kasi andiyan iyong Tech4ED. Ikaw as center manager, ikaw iyong gagamitin na means para ma-reach out mo iyong mga tao,” said Jinkee Molina, a public school teacher and three-year center manager at the Betty Go Belmonte Elementary School in Quezon City.
(As a center manager, I like the idea of reaching out to communities. Because of Tech4ED, ‘no one is left behind’. As center managers, we serve as the bridge to the people.)
The program continues to extend its reach to include all sectors and demographics of the Philippine population.
Currently, the Tech4ED platform houses eight segments aimed at developing and enhancing the knowledge and skills competencies of center users. Among the contents and learning materials are on education, skills training, gender and development, agriculture, rural impact sourcing, health, business, and government service.
On November 13, the DICT will recognize outstanding Tech4ED centers across the whole country in the National Tech4ED Awards to be held in Zamboanga City.