Monday, 21 November 2011 00:00
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All of the Philippines’ public high schools will now be connected to the information superhighway as the Department of Education mainstreams Gearing up Internet Literacy and Access for Students (GILAS) project – the very first private sector initiative in education that would be scaled up by the government.
About 300 representatives from these project partners led by Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro and GILAS Co- Chairman, Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, gathered on November 21, 2011 at Dusit Thani, Makati City, to celebrate this significant milestone.
“It was certainly a lofty dream for us to bring computers and the Internet to all the Philippines public high schools... Today, with the full support of the Department of Education that dream will be realized by all our public high school students”, said Mr. Zobel.
Since 2005, the GILAS consortium has been working with DepEd, local government units, and numerous individual donors and institutional partners towards the goal of reaching all public high schools in the country.
Before the launch of GILAS, only six percent of what was then 5,443 public high schools were connected to the Internet. After more than six years of collaborative effort, GILAS has provided computer labs with Internet access to about 4.4 million students in 3,306 public high schools. GILAS also trained 13,538 teachers to improve their competency in Internet-assisted instruction as well as 542 school heads and their assistants on information and communication technology.