Text2Teach pact inked-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
BUSINESS tycoon Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chairman and chief executive officer of Ayala Corporation Inc., led the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for the Text2Teach mobile learning package worth 20.8 million for 12 local government units in the Visayas.
The MOA signing with the LGUs, including five localities in Negros Occidental, along with allied companies, took place at the Civic Center in Silay City and the New Government Center in Bacolod City.
Text2Teach uses Nokia Mobile phones which can download more than 300 educational video materials on Grades 5 and 6 Math, Science, English and Values Education.
It comes with a Globe Telecom BridgeCom Prepaid SIM card and a 32-inch LED Toshiba television set. It is being implemented locally by an alliance composed of Nokia, Globe Telecom, Department of Education, Pearson Foundation, and Ayala Foundation.
Twelve LGUs in the Visayas have signed the MOA yesterday including Silay City represented by Mayor Jose Montelibano; La Carlota City led by Mayor Juliet Marie Ferrer; Bago City through Vice Mayor Nicholas Yulo; Talisay City led by Mayor Eric Saratan; and and Bacolod City; as well as the cities of Bayawan, Guihulngan and Bais in Negros Oriental; Laua-an, Antique, Naga City and Talisay City in Cebu; and the province of Siquijor.
Ayala, in his message, said the success of mainstreaming Text2Teach lies in their partnership with the LGUs, schools, and the teachers.
"As the local government units continue to support the call of the Department of Education in supporting education programs like Text2Teach, we are definitely on our way of providing the necessary support to our teachers and students," assured Ayala.
To date, Text2Teach has reached 736 schools all over the country.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 28, 2013.