A brighter future awaits young Filipinos and alternative learners as a new foundation is strengthened to make learning through technology more accessible to all.
Solar Learning is a new educational foundation that aims to address the challenges of education in the Philippines by filling the gaps in delivery, content and access issues. The affiliated foundation of film and television media company Solar Entertainment Corporation draws on partnerships with stakeholders, as well as its experiences and resources in the broadcast industry, to provide an alternative learning structure for students. learners on the fringes.
âWith ‘Bridging the Gaps, Changing Lives Through Educational Technology’ as the battle cry, we aim to provide long-term solutions to Filipinos who dream of a better way of life,â announces the President and CEO of Solar Learning, M. Wilson Tieng. He specifies: âOur response revolves around specific actions: 1) distance education via television and the Internet; 2) helping out-of-school youth and adults complete high school; and 3) train individuals to acquire skills for better employment.
In addition to Mr. Tieng’s own solar television networks, those providing support include: the Ministry of Education’s Alternative Learning System (DepEd ALS); DepEd’s basic education learning continuity plan, DepEd NCR Prime; AidED Philippines which is a consortium made up of La Salle Green Hills, Namnama Social Ventures and KlikEd Open Learning System; the country’s premier entrepreneurship college, Thames International; and the Sandiwaan Learning Center.
On September 13, Solar Learning made available the DepEd NCR Prime, or K-3TV DepED NCR Prime, on free digital TV channel 21 in Metro Manila in time for the start of the school year. K-3TV is a channel dedicated to Key Stage 1 students, which includes Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. This company demonstrates the public-private partnership that Solar Learning advocates. This is seen initially with Deped NCR providing channel content and student modules, and Thames International serving as a consultant on print modules and video lessons presented on Solar’s platforms.
Mr. Tieng points out, âK-3TV seeks to reach out to Stage 1 students, introduce them to the concept of school and provide age-appropriate classes while their access to in-person classes is still limited. Our long-term goal is to make K-3TV available outside of Metro Manila, with each provincial channel localizing their courses and tailoring them to students in their respective regions.
The foundation also offers the Solar Learning Tuklas Digital ALS developed in partnership with La Salle Green Hills; it is an enhanced, digital and asynchronous program delivered through the Tuklas mobile app. Solar Learning Tuklas Digital ALS is modeled on DepEd’s curriculum for the accreditation and equivalency program, an alternative path for people who are literate but unable to complete 10 years of constitutionally mandated basic education. Through Tuklas Digital ALS, learners have the opportunity to study and complete lower secondary through blended learning (internet, pay TV, videos and one-on-one mentoring). According to Mr. Tieng, âWe are proud to say that our Solar Learning Tuklas Digital ALS learners’ experience will be unparalleled. Indeed, their exclusive tests, assessments, activities and video lessons are developed and implemented by teachers at La Salle Green Hills.
Soon Solar Learning, in partnership with Thames International, will also offer professional programs to educate and train students in specific skills required by the job market.
DepEd Regional Director Willy Cabral affirmed Solar Learning’s advocacy when he said: âDesigning education for all is a precious essence that enables public-private partnershipsâ¦ As we strive to fill the gaps When it comes to accessible learning, Solar Learning offers new opportunities for learning through discovery as a good. ”
For more information on Solar Learning, visit SolarLearningPH on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn, or send an email [emailÂ protected].
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