Phillipines to offer m-education program to school drop-outs

The GSMA and Philippines government have joined hands to provide various educational programs to school drop-outs in the country through mobile platform.  The collaboration on m-education, along with the help of the telecom operators would offer the services to over one million Filipino out-of-school youths (OSYs).  The education program includes, beside others, technical vocational (tech-voc) education through mobile.

The m-education program will be brought out with the support of Philippines Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), along with Digitel Mobile Philippines (DMPI), Globe Telecom and Smart Communications.

The National Statistics Office of the Philippines reports that in 2011, there were at least 6.24 million out-of-school youths in the country.

“Never before has such an ambitious m-Education collaboration taken place in the Philippines, involving all three mobile network operators and two key government agencies,” Irene Ng, head Asia, GSMA.

“I’m happy about the level of collaboration happening in the m-Education market in the Philippines,” commented Mario A Deriquito, under secretary for Partnerships and External Linkages, DepEd.

“We welcome the support that can be facilitated by mobile education because we believe it’s a flexible medium that can help us tackle a lot of the challenges we face in the education and training sector in our country. Given that many of the efforts to assist OSYs will be localised, mobile technology provides us with a tool that can help unify and coordinate this work even from a distance,” added Deriquito.

“The Philippines has the potential to become a world leader in service provision of mobile-based tech-voc training”, said secretary Joel Villanueva, DG, TESDA.

“Through our brand Sun Cellular, we have been supporting pervasive, appropriate and affordable mobile technologies as tools in enabling people and communities,” said Orlando B Vea, president and CEO, DMPI.

“We have a long history of successful collaboration with various private and public institution-partners. The m-Education project of the GSMA is an important initiative that would allow Globe to promote youth development in the country and help them towards a better future,” said Ernest L Cu, president and CEO, Globe.

“With our learning from years of experience with our community partnership programmes in education, we are excited about this initiative. Mobile solutions have come a long way in enhancing the learning process,” commented Napoleon L Nazareno, President and CEO, Smart.

The GSMA will be showcasing the m-Education project at the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week and the GSMA Mobile World Congress, both of which will take place in February 2014.

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