AIMING to bridge the digital divide, the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) selected anew 320 public high schools nationwide to be recipient of internet for public high schools (iSchools) 2009 fund project.

Of the 320 public high schools, two are from Benguet which include Sinipsip National High School in Buguias and Twin Peaks National High School in Tuba.

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Benguet State University (BSU) is one of the 37 partner implementer of the 2009 iSchools project supervising Benguet and 11 other public high schools located in La Union, Pangasinan, and Aurora province.

The other selected 307 public high schools were assigned to CICT’s partner state universities and colleges in the country.

Flordeliza Naje, project manager of CICT- BSU, said the computer laboratories will be provided with 19 desktop computers with flat monitors, speakers and UPS; one laptop, server with webcam, printer and multimedia projector.

The laboratory will be equipped with one year free internet subscription funded under the iSchools project 2009.

“Aside from the fully equipped laboratory, the recipients will be provided with packaged appropriate trainings such as computer internet literacy course, web development, and laboratory management. A workshop will also be conducted to map out the sustainability plan of the project in each recipient school,” Naje said.

The iSchools project, which started in 2006 have provided computer laboratories with complete equipment to 680 public high schools around the country but the internet connections of some schools are still on the process. (Alma Santiago)