GFS programme receives ICT support from Globe, Philippines

Through the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) programme for select public schools nationwide, Globe Telecom Inc. has invested in the use of Information Communications Technology (ICT) for education. The three-year programme is to upgrade the schools' ICT infrastructure, from internet connection to computer labs to encourage the use of ICT for learning, teaching and school management in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Coalition for Better Education (CBE) as well as Microsoft Philippines.

60% of Globe's corporate social responsibility budget has been allocated for education. Through its CSR arm, Globe Bridging Communities, the telco aids the public school system using mobile and broadband technologies as well as ICT capability building. Internet-in-schools Programme (ISP), learning through mobile phones via Text2Teach, ICT competency enhancement for teaches under the Global Filipino Teachers (GFT) programme and advanced mobile and broadband application training for students and teachers through Globe Labs are some of the programmes through which telco formulated GFS over a timeline of 10 years. Till date Text2Teach has been implemented in 350 public elementary schools in the poorest Philippine provinces. Globe has also connected 2,012 public elementary and high schools to the internet and graduated 250 teachers through GFT.

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