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We believe in investing in our youth’s future. And we leverage on our technologies, businesses, and people to helping shape education. Recognizing the key role that education plays in nation-building, SMART has lined up several major community partnership initiatives in the field of education—harnessing technology to complement the formal classroom learning across all levels. Combined with the spirit of employee volunteerism, we are “broadbanding” education, the “smart” way.
Smart has undertaken programs to address the needs of elementary up to tertiary levels.
The Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program, or SWEEP, is the first of its kind partnership between the academe and the industry that seeks to utilize wireless communications technology in improving the level of engineering and information technology education in the country.
It is an exchange program where individuals or groups who do social good ‘swap’ their accomplishments for technology, which can further enable their work and at the same time, provide much-needed technology support for a public school in their community.
It started out as an employee-initiated summer tutorial and feeding program in 2004 for public elementary pupils to help improve their skills and love for reading before it was expanded in scale and partnerships to benefit more students in the country in 2010. Using the concept, “It takes a village to raise a child,” Communiteach aimed to foster nation-building through community intervention and support in basic education.
In 2013, the program will undergo another transformation.
This is an initiative that aims to expand learning opportunities for public schools by applying Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools in basic education. Under the program, it provides teachers and students with broadband Internet connectivity, and access to online content and teacher trainings.
Launched in 2008, Doon Po Sa Amin, literally translated as “In Our Place”, is a content generation project where teachers and students of Smart Schools Program partner-schools are encouraged to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools to generate and share web-based information and educational materials about their respective communities.
To encourage participation, Smart has mounted an online mapping competition where elementary and high school students literally put their hometowns on the map through online content generation.
The Central Visayan Institute Foundation Dynamic Learning Program (CVIF-DLP) is an innovative framework of teaching developed by Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. M. Victoria Carpio-Bernido. It develops a child to become an independent learner to significantly improve his or her academic performance.
The idea of providing schools with an online alternative to the traditional printed school paper was seen addressing the perennial problem on lack of funds. Launched in 2009 as part of Smart’s “Internet for All” campaign, the program aims to spur campus journalism through the use of technology and is in collaboration with media, academe and journalism institutions.