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Toyota’s adopted public school in Santa Rosa goes digital

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(Press Release) SANTA ROSA CITY — Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation (TMPF), the social and humanitarian arm of the leading automotive company in the country, transforms its adopted school, Pulong Sta. Cruz Elementary School (PSCES) in this city, into a “digital school” with the completion of its computerization project.

This three-phase, school-wide project is part of TMPF’s initiatives under the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Adopt-a-School Program. PSCES was transformed into a digital school by integrating information technology (IT) into a classroom setup and the school’s teaching methodology. Through Toyota’s extensive support, PSCES students will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of digital technology that would help them acquire the necessary knowledge and skills.  

Digital equipment provision

Toyota initiated the computerization project in August 2016, providing each of the 53 classrooms with a 55-inch “smart TV” and a laptop computer to assist teachers in everyday teaching. Eleven colored printers were also provided to support production of more enticing and interactive teaching materials.

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PSCES students try the donated computers. Toyota Foundation and DepEd officials during the unveiling ceremony for the project.

The second phase focused on internet connectivity. IT infrastructure was set up in 2017 to connect the classrooms and offices to the internet. Through wi-fi connection, each classroom gained access to useful and appropriate educational resources available online, such as step-by-step exercises and student engagement activities. Teachers were given exclusive internet access so they can download multimedia content to enhance their teaching methodology.

For the third phase of the project, Toyota provided a content-oriented teaching and learning environment. This means that teachers can access a ready source of appropriate e-learning modules for practice exercises and interactive tutorials in one online portal.

Likewise, the school’s library was refurbished and has been equipped with six all-in-one computers. As a result of consultation with teachers, Toyota also provided educational manipulatives, Lego robotic kits, as well as mastery kits, to enhance the students’ aptitude in Reading and Comprehension, Mathematics and Science.

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As PSCES students maximize learning with the enhanced environment, their analytical capabilities and problem solving skills will be sharpened by these tools. IT integration in class also helps generate greater interest and appreciation of academic subjects among students.

Officials of TMPF during the opening ceremony, with teachers and administrators of PSCES.

Toyota has so far invested a total of Php10.88 million for the computerization project. It will continue to assist the teachers through IT skills trainings in the future. Toyota’s advocacy in providing quality education will be sustained at PSCES through other existing academic and non-academic programs under the Adopt-a-School Project. These include the “Brigada Eskwela,” annual educational tour and quiz bee, feeding activity, academic recognitions, as well as sponsored medical examinations for faculty and staff.

PSCES is located in Toyota’s immediate community in Santa Rosa City and has been the company’s adopted school for almost two decades. As the city progresses, Toyota sees the student population to continuously grow. Currently, PSCES has over 3,000 students from Kinder to Grade 6. (Laguna Now)

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