The Cebu City Department of Education faces a tough challenge in implementing its information and communications technology (ICT) road map. The plan, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said, would build on earlier ICT strategies developed by the department with assistance from other stakeholders such as the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (Fit-Ed). Fit-Ed is a private, nonprofit organization advocating sustainable and responsible integration of ICT in local education. Lapus also recognized the role of the private sector, which has helped in efforts in promoting ICT in the country's educational system. He said companies such as Oracle, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Smart Communications Inc. and Gilas, has helped promote ICT in the country's public schools.
The road map, which is expected to be completed by October, aims to provide '21st Century Education for All Filipinos, Anytime, Anywhere,' Lapus said. The program calls for the use of ICT to revitalize the public schools, link learners to global resources, enable learners to seek and analyze information, create new knowledge and products and develop habits of self-learning.