DPSA urges youth to take pride in their communities-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
SMART Communications Inc. (Smart), in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), launched Doon Po sa Amin (DPSA) in 2008 to promote Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in schools and at the same time, have students tell stories about places, activities, plants, animals, people, food and products that are unique to their hometowns.
DPSA, which is now on its 6th year, is the biggest annual school-based online mapping and content crowd sourcing activity in the country that challenges primary and secondary (public and private) students to go out, know more about their hometowns, present these stories using online tools such as videos, flipbooks, slideshows, and timelines, and pin them on an online map, powered by Nokia's Here.
"When you search the web, almost all information you need are there but the problem is that the information is cluttered," said Smart Public Affairs Group head Ramon Isberto.
"With Doon Po Sa Amin, we develop a resource site aggregating all engaging stories about the Philippines presented in an online map. Because these stories are told by the locals, you get more substance and heart," he said.
Students who participated in the previous years of DPSA found fulfillment in being able to come up with stories published online that promoted their hometown and enhanced their ICT skills. As the students go out of their homes and schools to interview townspeople, including local government officials, their people skills were also enhanced.
"DPSA does not only promote the best of the Philippines. It also helps our students to develop new skills and learn about resourcefulness and hard work even at an early age. Joining DPSA was a very memorable learning experience for them and as a bonus, they were able to wander around our community and discover for themselves the beauty it has to offer," shared Ms. Maria Lerissa Poblete of Ilaya Elementary School, the DPSA grand champion for primary level division last year. In their video entry, the students played the roles of news anchor and field reporters as they featured the different tourist destinations in Tanay, Rizal.
"By participating in Doon Po Sa Amin, students discover something new and good about their hometown. At their young age, they start to take pride in their community and develop a sense of responsibility to preserve and protect their town’s beauty, resources, and culture," Isberto said.
Registration to this year's DPSA community mapping competition is now open and will end by September 20. More than P700,000 worth of prizes are to be given away to the schools with the best stories.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 31, 2013.