By Pinky Concha Colmenares
SANTA ROSA, Laguna — Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation launched on March 8, the first digital school in Laguna with the completion of its computerization project at the Pulong Santa Cruz Elementary School.
The foundation’s computerization project is an off-shoot of the Adopt-A-School program of the Department of Education and Culture (DepED).
The 53 classrooms of PSCES each have 55-inch smart TV, and Wi-Fi access to the Internet.
The library has six computers, advanced learning kits for reading, math and science, and Lego robotic kits for all grade levels which the students can manipulate from the computers.
And the 93 teachers of the school, who have gone through IT skills training, have access to digital instructional resources.
“Through this project, both PSCES and its students shall be better equipped in coping with the highly-transformative learning world of today. Hence, enabling both the school and its students to have greater opportunity for a better future,” Dr. David Go, TMPF president, said during the launching ceremonies held at the school.
Mr. Satoru Suzuki, Toyota Motor Philippines president, said the company “saw it fitting that it partners with its adopted school, PSCES, in helping facilitate the enhancement of quality education in its host community.”
“TMP believes that by becoming a Digital School, PSCES will be in a better position to help provide better opportunities for further learning for its students, thereby allowing a better chance for them to have a brighter future,” Mr. Suzuki said.
Mr. Suzuki and Dr. Go both expressed their appreciation to the DepEd, the key officials from the local government unit, and the congressional district for allowing TMP and TMPF to be part of the “very significant partnership.”
Dr. Go said: “May our firm bond generate more firm collaborations towards the continuous improvement of the educational capabilities of PSCES towards the delivery of high quality education.”
“Indeed, with PSCES now becoming a Digital School, we are all able to realize the Department of Education’s vision to provide all schools with 21st Century Education Anytime, Anywhere and at the same time, fulfill Toyota’s motto of making our Impossible, Possible,” Mr. Suzuki said.
The P10.88 million project of TMPF started in 2016, equipping the classrooms with digital technology, Internet, wi-fi access, digital teaching modules, laptops and printers.
PSCES, led by Mrs. Nelia Tabuyo, principal, has a student population of 3,500. It was adjudged as the best Performing Elementary School in Santa Rosa City for 2018, and given the Best Principal Award, among many awards.
The school has been Toyota’s adopted school for two decades.
Also at the launching ceremony were Santa Rosa City Mayor Danilo Fernandez, Vice Mayor Arnold Arcillas, Laguna First District Representative Arlene Arcillas, and TMPF treasurer Blesilda Rodriguez.