Philippines

Typhoon-hit Bicol schools maximize radio-based education

Typhoon-hit Bicol schools maximize radio-based education

 

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Schools in the typhoon-hit Bicol Region took advantage of radio-based instruction (RBI) as they move forward with the current school year, an official of the Department of Education in the region said Wednesday.

“Napakaraming function nito (RBI) at utilization na pwedeng mapag-isipan, marami itong pwedeng ma-develop tulad ng partnership ng school at community. Mas malalaman ng komunidad ang nangyayari sa ating mga paaralan. Mga on-the-air school activities na pwede gawin ng learners even in the comforts of their houses (RBI has many functions and utilization that can be developed such as partnership of the school and community. The community has a way to know what’s happening in schools. The on-the-air school activities that can be done by learners even in the comforts of their houses),” School Division of Sorsogon City Superintendent Willie Gando said.

The Jesalva Delgado Memorial Elementary School in Sorsogon City is currently using the RBI approach, called “Radyo Eskwela”, as it is more convenient, especially in times of calamities when self-learning modules have been damaged.

The Pulangui Radyo Eskwela of the Schools Division of Albay also provided learning materials to the learners through FM radio frequency.

The ALS-RBI of Tabaco City also paved the way for learning continuity. To provide parents and teachers with different teaching and learning approaches amidst pandemic and calamities, the ALS-RBI was advanced to Tabaco City RBI-School and Community Learning Center.

The frequency SKY Radio 93.1 FM of the radio program also covers other provinces and cities of Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Legaspi, and Ligao which also gave access to other schools and learners on their learning activities, health education, mental and psychosocial support programs.

“Ang RBI ay magsu-supplement sa modular distance learning na masyadong naapektuhan ng mga kalamidad na nagdaan, maraming modules ang nabasa at nasira. Sa pamamagitan nito ay masisigurado ang pag-abot ng patuloy na edukasyon sa mga mag-aaral (The RBI would supplement modular distance learning in areas severely affected by recent calamities. Modules have been damaged. Through this, it is assured that education continues),” School Division of Tabaco City Superintendent Socorro de la Rosa said.

DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua said that during a site visit that distance learning is not limited to modular learning as the continuity plan offers more modalities.

“Sa ating mga teacher, sa ating mga principal at sa ating mga estudyante, huwag lang module ang ating tignan. Ang module po ay isang bahagi lang. Nandiyan ang radyo, TV, internet at cellphone. Gamitin po natin lahat para tayo ay matuto at gamitin natin lahat sa pagtuturo (To our teachers, principals, and students, don’t just focus on modules alone. The module is just a part, we have radio, TV, internet and cellphone. Let’s use these so that we can learn and use these in teaching),” Pascua said.

Through collaborations with local radio stations, local government units, and other stakeholders, various schools introduced FM Radio projects that will help students in attaining quality education. (PR)

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