BACOLOD CITY – At least 1,439 Grades 1 to 3 pupils under the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Negros Occidental have received computer tablets from the provincial government to boost their learning through mobile videos.
The initial recipients were learners from Cauayan town, where the Project BONG or "Bata ang Ona sa Negros" was launched on Monday to provide an intervention called “Letters and Numbers on the MoVE: Mobile Videos for Education: A Gateway for Literacy and Numeracy”.
“Bong” is the nickname of Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.
In a video message on Tuesday, Lacson said the electronic (E)-learning gadgets are intended for education purposes only as he quipped that it should not be used to access the popular social media video platform, TikTok.
“You have to return it after a year to be passed on to the next batch of learners,” the governor said.
“To the teachers, teach the learners how to use the tablets and teach the parents as well. Parents, you also have to instill discipline in your children,” he added.
In the project briefer provided by the DepEd on Tuesday, Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Anthony Liobet said the project, which will be implemented during this school year, was conceptualized to address the need for the improvement of teaching and learning processes, and learning outcomes.
“This is by means of making each learner a priority particularly in building literacy and numeracy as well as advancing in technology. These are the identified issues and needs for recovery initiatives after the pandemic,” he added.
Liobet noted that the project incorporates various activities identified in the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan to address poor numeracy and literacy rate specifically in Grades 1 to 3.
For this intervention, contextualized recorded video lessons will be used in teaching not only in reading, but also in mathematics.
The procurement of instructional materials and equipment, particularly the provision of tablets for Grades 1 to 3, was funded by the Special Education Fund of the Provincial School Board. (PNA)