Security Bank Foundation, College of the Holy Spirit Manila HS Batch ‘73 distribute portable media libraries to assist with distance learning

Present during the ceremonial turnover of portable media libraries were representatives of the donor College of the Holy Spirit Manila High School Batch of 1973 (from left to right): Cecilia Carrancho-Chang, Grace Songcuya-Mascenon, Cecilia Ocampo-Fernandez (Treasurer), Maria Theresa Abeleda-Llave (President), and Melissa Aquino (SBFI Trustee and Corporate Secretary).

To assist schools with their challenges in distance learning, Security Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI), the College of the Holy Spirit Manila (CHSM) High School (HS) Batch of 1973, and the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) joined forces to distribute portable media libraries with educational resources to five public schools.

Dubbed as “Gift of Knowledge” kits, the portable media libraries are plug-and-play external hard drives loaded with over 1,500 KCFI-produced video lessons, e-games, and e-session guides for kindergarten, elementary, junior high school, and alternative learning system students. The modules are aligned with the Department of Education’s K-12 curriculum.

Funded by the CHSM HS Batch of 1973 under their batch legacy project dubbed as “Agapay sa Kalusugan at Pag-aaral (AKAP)”, one portable media library was given each to Camarines Sur National High School in Naga City, Laguna Resettlement School in San Pedro City, San Jose City National High School in Nueva Ecija, San Pablo Central School in Laguna, and Tuguegarao West Central School in Cagayan. The donation is expected to benefit over 25,000 students.

“Our batch is celebrating its golden jubilee in 2023. To pay it forward in gratitude to God, our country, and the school, we decided to pursue this legacy project which secures education for the underprivileged,” explained Maria Theresa Abeleda-Llave, President of CHSM HS Alumni Batch of 1973.

The beneficiary schools are also part of SBFI’s Build a School, Build a Nation: The Classrooms Project. To ensure continued support, SBFI will conduct regular trainings on teaching strategies and other learner support interventions.

“In 2020, the Foundation partnered with the Knowledge Channel and the Ateneo de Manila University to produce 20 videos on English reading competencies and complement these with teachers training. The program, called Ready, Set, Read! aims to address the identified weakness of Filipino students in reading based on recent international assessments. However, access to the videos was limited due to internet connectivity issues. The portable media libraries hope to answer that problem as students or their parents can now access educational resources offline and enjoy interactive learning at home,” said Melissa Aquino, SBFI Trustee and Corporate Secretary.

“Our teachers have really been challenged to produce educational materials that will excite students and effectively improve their learning competencies. With the portable media library, we are now confident that we will be able to provide quality distance learning delivery to our students,” expressed Aldrin Baloc, San Jose City National High School Principal.

To expand the reach of the project, Security Bank provided additional funding for the distribution of portable media libraries to 59 more SBFI classrooms project beneficiary schools.

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