With Philippines projected to become one of the fast-growing economies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), education will definitely play a more important role in producing a high-quality workforce for future jobs.
“Education remains a top priority for Intel, because we believe that young people will be vital to solving global challenges in the future,” said Uday Marty, managing director of Intel South East Asia.
“There is a need to provide engaging content in a format [that]everyone can understand, otherwise people who haven’t had access to technology in the past will resist advancement,” he said.
In relation with this, Intel Philippines partnered with leading education technology solutions provider Felta Multi-Media Inc. for an education transformation initiative in local public schools, through Intel Education Solutions (IES).
“We are optimistic that our investment in Intel Education Tablet will help equip these students—who make up the next generation of Filipino workforce—for the increasingly digital future and workplace,” said Dr. Dominico Idanan, superintendent of the Department of Education in Makati City.
Earlier this year, Intel helped transform local classrooms in Davao into interactive learning environments, by training teachers and donating 25 Intel Education Tablets and solar power equipment to the Marilog Central Elementary School (MCES).
According to Zenaida Ayop, principal of MCES, before the assistance from Intel, their students did not look forward to going to school. But after Intel gave them Intel Education Tablets, students become more receptive to their lessons and their performance improved.
Intel said that its tablet is specifically designed for education and to meet students’ needs.
The tablet features eLearning tools to make classrooms more engaging, including an e-Reader, science exploration and data analysis application, painting tools and accessories, a snap-on magnification lens and plug-in thermal probe. It also delivers energy-efficient performance, and provides a natural fit for diverse student population.
Calum Chisholm, country manager of Intel Philippines, said, “We continue to work closely with our local partners to enable the academe, public sector, educators and other segments of the market to adopt the technology.”
“We are confident that schools in the Philippines will soon see the benefits of tablet-aided learning,” Chisolm said.