6,000+ public school teachers get connectivity support from Ayala & Globe

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Preloaded prepaid SIM cards are distributed to teachers nationwide

Globe Telecom and Ayala Foundation provided internet connectivity assistance to over 6,000 public school teachers for the Department of Education's (DepEd) Sulong Edukalidad program. This is to support teachers in delivering online or blended education.

According to a DepEd survey, around 700,000 or 49% of public school teachers all over the country do not have their own internet connection. 

Globe provided teachers with SIM cards preloaded with 5GB data for 30 days.

“DepEd’s partnership and collaboration with the public and private  sectors are very important to ensure that quality basic education will continue despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.  We are truly grateful to all our partners especially to Globe and Ayala Foundation for providing connectivity assistance to help us upskill and reskill our teachers in order to realize the much-needed reforms in basic education, even during the pandemic.” said Tonisito M.C Umali, Esq, DepEd Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships and Project Management Service.

Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications, said, "This is a critical period for the education sector. A lot of adjustments have to be made. That is why Globe continuously looks for ways to empower our teachers and students not just through connectivity but also by building their capabilities using  information and communications technology so they can fully adapt to the new learning mode."

The SIM card distribution is part of the Brigada ng Ayala Program which aims to help the public school sector.  

“The Ayala group is steadfast in its support for public education efforts, especially now that we are collectively facing the COVID-19 challenge. Through Brigada ng Ayala, we continue to serve our teachers and learners nationwide by providing much needed health and safety kits, as well as connectivity support to facilitate online learning and access relevant educational content online,” said Ruel Maranan, Ayala Foundation President.

Globe’s support to public school teachers includes free professional development for educators under the Global Filipino Teachers program. This initiative combines webinars and downloadable self-paced materials on topics such as digital literacy, parental support on digital learning, responsible online behavior, effective 21st century approaches to early language literacy, and psychological first aid.  

Likewise, Globe provides free data access for its customers who want to visit the DepEd Commons, PHL CHED Connect and Globe e-Library websites for further learning. Earlier, the company also donated 1,000 Home Prepaid WiFi to DepEd under the WiFi2Teach program.

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As a long-time advocate of quality education and sustainable development, Globe is committed to supporting the United Nations Development Goal No. 4 which promotes inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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