/ 16 September 2020

BY rolling out its Learning Resources on Wi-Fi Hub for Expanded e-Learning, the Department of Education in Sarangani was able to give students in remote areas access to education.

LR on WHEeLS is equipped with an antenna, router, cables, portable generator set, and tri-leg pole that could cater to 200 to 500 learners within a 500-meter radius through an e-platform that provides access to self-learning modules, videos, interactive activities even without Internet.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member and Chairman of the Education Committee Jess Bascuña said that LR on WHEeLS helped provide a richer learning experience for students.

“After the series of dry runs in far-flung areas with the LR on WHEels, we see the excitement of IP learners and their parents. We conclude then, that education can continue in spite of the challenging situation,” Bascuña said.

He added that LR on WHEeLs was a crucial innovation in Sarangani where 46 percent of those enrolled are indigenous people who reside in the mountainside where telecommunication signals are low.

In addition, DepEd – Sarangani partnered with DXRG to deliver radio-based learning via its Radyo Eskwela.

A radio station in Tamban National High School was launched, which can reach 13 barangays in the municipality of Malungon.

To support the radio-based instruction, the Youth Development Council and Panlalawigang Pederasyon ng Sangguniang Kabataan ng Sarangani started an initiative called Radyo para sa Baryo which aims to gather donations to purchase radio units and flash drives for the seven Last Miles Schools.

“With the continuing support and commitment of all our stakeholders, the Department of Education will always do the best it can to make sure education continues in Sarangani. We can make it happen in these challenging times if we work hand-in-hand,” Bascuña said.