DATAL SALVAN, GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Basic computer operation, Word, Excel, Digital Caricature, Tarp Making were among the modules that were taught to the teaching staff and students of Datal Salvan Elementary School located in the mountainous sitio bordering T’boli in South Cotabato and Brgy. San Jose, General Santos City.
The immersion training is aimed to bring the program closer to the people as envisioned by the local chief executive. Three days and two nights were spent solely to maximize the time and the electricity generated from solar and wind energy. Presently, Datal Salvan has no available commercial electricity however with the ingenuity of the school head, William Moraca, he was able to innovate and convert the natural source of energy, ie, wind and solar, into consumable energy that fueled the operation of computers in the school.
Against the oddities of distance from downtown General Santos, against the absence of running electricity, the residents of this sitio are given technological service to inspire and empower the teachers and students in information and communications technology.
Earlier in March 2013, Mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio officially turned-over 10 personal computers to Datal Salvan Elementary School. The local government through project SHEEP-CLP installed necessary software to complete the learning technology cycle.
Hardware is not enough to implement the computer literacy. Various applications need to be bundled in the program including the peopleware which is the most important of all the aspects. Five staff from the SHEEP Computer Literacy Program team shared their time and technological skills to transfer-technology in the school. June Quisay headed the delegation and also introduced the basic computer operation. Newton Delima and John Harold Hernando handled the Photoshop training while Shason Villanueva and Merben Awiten assisted in Microsoft Word and Excel training.
The group from the City Mayor’s Office SHEEP-CLP prioritized the seven teachers as the first trainees to train them how to fish – as they will be the one to continue what the local government has started. However there were around 25 students who attended the different modular trainings from April 29 to May 1, 2013.
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