The Department of Education (DepEd) has received another batch of e-learning materials and supplies from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) – to be distributed to Filipino students in the country’s far-flung and remote areas. 

The school supplies and the digital learning materials were officially handed to DepEd through a ceremony held at South Harbor, Port Area in the city of Manila.

Those who attended the handover ceremony include DepEd’s Secretary Leonor Briones, although only virtually. 

Briones offered her gratitude to the BOC for constantly offering its support to less-fortunate Filipino students and DepEd’s programs for the youth. 

She stressed that the donations, especially the backpacks, footwear, and books, will be of  “great benefit” for Filipino students who are part of the Last Mile Schools. 

According to the Education Department, Last Mile Schools are “those that have multi-grade classes, with less than five teachers, and a student population of fewer than 100 learners, more than 75 percent of which are usually indigenous people.”

In addition, these schools also “lack complete sets of school furniture, no computers, no internet connection, very few textbooks, and manuals, and lacking laboratory tools and equipment.”

DepEd’s Last Mile School Project was introduced in July of 2019, aiming to resolve the absence of sufficient resources and facilities for schools located in geographically isolated and disadvantaged and conflict-affected areas.

Last February, DepEd also received donations from BOC, particularly digital units to be used in implementing distance education. 

The donation included 198 pieces of laptops and 4,840 smartphones, which will be donated to public schools. These initial donations are now being distributed to those in need, DepEd shared.

The department says it’s looking forward to BOC’s continued support towards improving the state of education in the country, specifically in disadvantaged areas.

According to DepEd’s 2019 statistics,  there are 7,144 schools across the country have been identified as needing immediate support.

You can view the announcement below.

TINGNAN: Tumanggap ang Kagawaran ng Edukasyon ng e-learning gadgets at school supplies donation mula sa Bureau of…

Posted by DepEd Philippines on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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