Text2Teach cited as exemplary ICT innovation for education
MANILA, Philippines— Innovative Learning System Text2Teach was recognized as one of the exemplary Information Communications Technology (ICT) innovations for education in the recent “Asia-Pacific Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education (AMFIE) 2013” in China.
“Less than 10 projects, representing the best practices in the region, were selected to participate in the ‘AMFIE Gallery Walk’, withText2Teach included among the selected projects,” said Fernando Esguerra, OIC for Globe Corporate Social Responsibility.
Esguerra said he is proud of Text2Teach and also of Globe for being the only telecommunications organization present in the forum and recognized for its involvement in the Text2Teach project.
Organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),
key players from the region were invited to showcase successfully implemented ICT in Education innovations through a “Gallery Walk”.
The move was in line with AMFIE’s objective to raise awareness and initiate focused reflection on key issues and concerns on ICT for education as well as future activities on the application of ICT to achieve education for all.
AMFIE is an annual platform for policy-level knowledge exchange and dialogue.
The Forum showcases a number of promising ICT innovations and experiences in developing, adapting and/or monitoring ICT in Education policies and practices in countries at different development levels.
Text2Teach is a mobile learning package which uses a smartphone and a specialized SIM card to download comprehensive educational videos of Math, Science, English, and Values Education subjects for 5th and 6th grade students. It utilizes Globe Telecom’s mobile network to allow teachers even in remote areas to access educational materials to supplement their lessons.
Text2Teach has been deployed to 816 Philippine public elementary schools and has served 309,672 students and trained 2,617 teachers across 14 provinces, 15 cities, and 26 municipalities.
The project is being implemented by the Text2Teach alliance composed of Nokia, Globe, Pearson Foundation, Ayala Foundation, Toshiba and Department of Education.
Text2Teach is one of the projects under the iAccess pillar of Globe CSR which advocates quality education and social services for all.