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Project Overview The eSkwela Project is a flagship project of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), through its Human Capital Development Group (HCDG), that is envisioned to provide ICTenhanced educational opportunities for Filipino out-of-school youth and adults. It likewise aims to help reduce the digital divide and enhance the capacity of these individuals to be successful participants in a global and knowledge-based economy. The initiative responds directly to a national development priority and will bring elearning opportunities and ICT for learning resources to mobile teachers / instructional managers and out-of-school learners in the Philippines in an exciting, innovative, and locally meaningful way. Under this project, community-based e-Learning Centers or eSkwelas will be established in major urban centers around the country to conduct ICTenhanced alternative education programs for interested individuals. These centers will serve as venues where out-of-school learners and other community members can learn new skills and competencies, review for the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Exam of the DepEd-Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS), and/or help prepare learners to rejoin the formal school system, if so desired. CICT-HCDG was able to secure a grant from the APEC Education Foundation (Korea) for the establishment of eSkwela Centers in four (4) pilot sites, namely: Quezon City, San Jose del Monte, Cebu City, and Cagayan de Oro City. Recipient communities are provided with 21 units of networked computers, relevant peripherals, one-year Internet connectivity, funds for site renovation, relevant educator’s training, elearning modules (developed by the Sandiwaan Center for Learning), a customized Learning Management System (LMS), and project monitoring and evaluation. In return, these communities are expected to commit to the use of the ICT-based eSkwela Instructional Design – using the elearning materials and the customized LMS – within DepEd’s ALS A&E framework. Community stakeholders are likewise expected to participate heavily in the project by managing the Center operations; opening up venues for collaborative, relevant, and engaged learning; and providing support for community-based learner projects.
Funding from eGov Fund 2006 Additional funding amounting to P30 Million has been received from the eGovernment Fund 2006, under the ICT4BE Program of HCDG which likewise covers 320 iSchools sites and various Content Development projects. The original project design was supposed to use the money to establish 14 more sites around the country to serve as additional pilot sites and models for future wide-scale deployment. However, recent developments such as inquiries from various parties (LGUs, NGOs, etc.) who are interested in financing the infrastructure component of the project (i.e. site renovation and hardware acquisition and installation) convinced CICT management to devote the new funding on developing additional elearning modules that will be beneficial to the nation’s out-of-school youth and adults. Further, communities can tap existing ICT infrastructure that are not being maximized (i.e. in schools, in internet cafes, in barangay halls, in Community eCenters) to serve as the community’s counterpart contribution to the project and thus heighten community ownership for the project. As such, the project was redesigned to use the P30 Million for the following: Component/Activity Development of ALS • & livelihood/voctech elearning modules Status Four (4) partner State Universities and Colleges were tapped to develop 120 ALS modules through individual MOAs (progress payments): Benguet State University (BSU), Bukidnon State University (BukSU), Cavite State University (CvSU), Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) o The capability building workshops for these 4 groups commenced this week and will run through January 2008. o The first set of working scripts will be out by December 2007, with storyboarding following suit that will form as the basis for the alpha and beta versions of the elearning modules. We scheduled a staggered release of the certified modules on March, June, August, and October
Core Team Orientation, Planning, and Training Workshop
Regional Roadshows •
2008. o We have likewise submitted the draft MOA with DepEd enumerating their counterpart responsibilities in this sub-project – we hope that the document gets signed by early December 2007. By early December, CICT will likewise be entering into a MOA with WVCST for the development of the 1st set of livelihood courses for eSkwela, in partnership with TESDA. There are four (4) courses targeted, totaling 65 modules. The modules are targeted to be released by December 2008. The eSkwela Project Team tapped representatives from BALS and the four (4) pilot sites to become part of the eSkwela Core Team. Members of this team will be the ones who will be conducting the Regional Roadshows and Trainers’ Training implementations. A Core Team Orientation, Planning, and Training Workshop was held last Oct 8-12, 2007 to finalize the materials for the upcoming workshop and to train the core team of trainers so as to ensure consistent implementations across teams. The roadshows were designed to allow the Core Team promote the eSkwela Project from region to region as well as meet and network with future partners who would be willing to set up their own communitybased eSkwela initiatives. As with the Content Development component, the eSkwela Project team partnered with several SUCs through Event Management Proposals (100% transfer of funds; SUCs to submit Audited Financial Reports and savings). SUCs were tasked to coordinate with their respective DepEd Regional and Division Offices, invite and confirm the attendance of participants, source the venue and caterer, and provide board and lodging for live-in participants. o The tentative schedule for the roadshows is shown in the attached document. The first two (2) implementations were held in Region
Trainers' Training (clusters of regions)
IV-A and Region III on November 22 and 28, respectively. o The reception has been wonderful from these two regions. As expected, there were a lot of questions on how to set up and operate eSkwela. Afternoon sessions were scheduled so that the Core Team members could meet with the DepEd Regional and Division ALS officials to come up with an initial strategic plan on how eSkwela can be rolled out in their respective reagions. o The Core Team will be meeting at CICT on November 29, 2007 to discuss various concerns and recommendations on how to ensure successful future roadshow implementations. This project component aims to develop a pool of trainers for each region that can be tapped by interested eSkwela "investors" for their training requirements. Trainers will be trained on how to conduct the following eSkwela courses: o Center Management - new course on center setup, operations, and sustainability o Teacher Training - meant for Mobile Teachers and Instructional Managers; concentration will be on ALS, ICT4E, use of the modules vis-a-vis the LMS, including a site visit for observations of actual sessions o Network Admin/Lab Mgt - technical skills in Linux OS, networking, maintaining the facilities and equipment, including a site visit for observations of actual sessions The Project Team scheduled six implementations from January to March 2008. As with the Content Development and Regional Roadshow components, SUCs were tapped via Training Management Proposals (100% transfer of funds; SUCs to submit Audited Financial Reports and savings). Mr. Avelino Mejia represented the eSkwela Project
Team during the recent AEF Conference held in Cebu City (Nov. 19-20). He gave a short assessment of the project, including the various success stories and birth pains that the project team experienced during the pilot implementation. He also showed some clippings and feedback from the learners and teachers of the four (4) pilot sites. o The AEF Board of Directors was greatly impressed with the project's progress - stating that AEF would be open to supporting eSkwela's efforts inthe future. The eSkwela – eGov Fund 2006 sponsored a site visit to eSkwela-Cebu and a special dinner for AEF and the conference delegates. Chairman Chua attended the event. The eSkwela Project Team is constantly communicating and coordinating with BALS and the pilot site implementers – discussing and solving various concerns, sharing success stories, etc. The results of such monitoring activities served as the basis for the next Project Proposal submitted to the CICT management for eGov Fund 2007 funding. The eSkwela Project Team is being managed by the HCDG HEA, supported by a team of five capable and dedicated individuals. Each project staff member, while given personal areas of focus, are required to be team players – i.e. always flexible and open to challenges. The team is comprised of two (2) CICT personnel and four (4) contratuals.
Below is a list of Interested Groups for eSkwela Partnership that the eSkwela Project Team has met through CICT network and because of numerous presentations on eSkwela in various seminars and conferences (we expect the list to get longer as we hold the Regional Roadshows in December): • Quezon City barangays – through PGMA’s weekly roadshows on the array of community projects being implemented by different government agencies
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Baguio: Save Our Streetchildren Foundation – w/ 2-3 sites (working with ALS-Trinidad) Gawad Kalinga - Manila Congressmen/Councilors of QC CICT-Community eCenters of CICT & TELOF internet cafés (community-based either put up by community leaders or private groups) community libraries Rotary Club centers Imus Internet Café Association CBCP La Union NGO School divisions (whose school laboratories can be used after school hours) CAR ICT Committee E-Net (Education Network – Civil Society groups working with DepEd on providing alternative learning to Filipinos) ALS or ADM providers who would like to include the eSkwela-ALS model into their respective programs: o DepEd-Lanao o Angelicum o Philrice o ALS-Manila o Marikina-LGU o SUCs
As per the eSkwela Strategic Planning Workshop held last September 3-6, 2007: VISION: The eSkwela Program (by 2010) will be widely available across the Philippines to empower out-of-school youth and adults to be globally competitive through the effective use of ICTs in alternative learning. In partnership with various groups, eSkwela provides out-of-school youth and adults with opportunities towards attaining basic education competence and life skills through an ICT-enabled environment.
Schedule for Regional Roadshow Region Date 1 12/3/2007 2 12/17/2007 3 11/28/2007 4A 11/21/2007 4B 12/11/2007 5 12/6/2007 6 12/3/2007 7 12/7/2007 8 12/6/2007 9 12/13/2007 10 12/18/2007 11 12/5/2007 12 12/14/2007 CARAGA 12/17/2007 ARMM 12/6/2007 CAR 12/14/2007 NCR 12/18/2007 Schedule for Trainers' Training Teacher Training + Network Admin - QC Teacher Training + Network Admin - SJDM Teacher Training + Network Admin - Cebu Teacher Training + Network Admin - CDO Center Mgt Training - Luzon Center Mgt Training - VisMin Content Development Training Schedule Instructional Design Scriptwriting Storyboarding Advanced Flash Techniques
Venue San Fernando, La Union Tuguegarao, Cagayan Tarlac City Cavite State University Puerto Princesa??? Legaspi City Iloilo City Cebu City Tacloban City Zamboanga City Cagayan de Oro City Davao City General Santos City Butuan City Kidapawan City Baguio City/BSU TELOF QC
Partner SUC Benguet SU TSU TCA CvSU CvSU BU WVCST CNU EVSU WMSU BukSU BukSU BukSU NORMISIST BukSU Benguet SU CICT Tentativedates Jan. 7-11, 2008 Jan. 7-11, 2008 Jan. 21-25, 2008 Jan. 21-25, 2008 Jan. 30-Feb.1, 2008 Feb. 11-13, 2008
NCR,4a,4b,5 1,2,CAR,3 6,7,8,12 9,10,11,ARMM, CARAGA 1,2,3,4a,4b,5,CAR,NCR 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,CARAGA,ARMM
Cavite State University CLSU Cebu City NORMISIST/CDO Bataan SU NORMISIST/Butuan City
Nov 27-29 Dec 4-6 Dec 11-13 Jan 7-11
Benguet SU Cavite SU WVCST BukSU
REMAINING EXPENSES: November 2007-December 2008 - eSkwela ICT4BE eGov Fund 2006 November 5,754,547.05 December 13,234,256.25 March 4,291,392.00 June 2,905,831.00 September 1,216,216.00 October 1,385,561.00 December 912,162.00 totals 29,699,965.30
TOTAL REQUIRED BUDGET
Contracted Services 120 ALS modules + 10 mos project staff Benguet SU Bukidnon SU Cavite SU WVCST 65 livelihood modules WVCST
100% 3,234,436.00 3,417,234.00 3,631,900.00 3,572,040.00 100% 6,081,080.00 100% 685,000.00 325,000.00
15% 485,165.40 512,585.10 544,785.00 535,806.00 15% 912,162.00 0% 100% 156,279.02 112,736.45 217,632.10 169,665.41 125,319.74 151,517.52 172,744.70 154,349.71 141,804.43 138,378.24 138,934.22 138,606.34 141,576.34 136,833.84 109,875.74 52,596.00 131,853.74
45% 1,455,496.20 1,537,755.30 1,634,355.00 1,607,418.00 0% 100% 685,000.00 325,000.00
20% 646,887.20 683,446.80 726,380.00 714,408.00 25% 1,520,270.00 0% -
10% 323,443.60 341,723.40 363,190.00 357,204.00 25% 1,520,270.00 0% -
0% 20% 1,216,216.00 0% -
10% 323,443.60 341,723.40 363,190.00 357,204.00 0% 0% -
0% 15% 912,162.00 0% 3,234,436.00 3,417,234.00 3,631,900.00 3,572,040.00
BALS - module review CICT TESDA - module review CICT Regional Roadshows Region I Benguet SU Region II Tarlac SU Region III Tarlac College of Agri CAR Benguet SU Region IV-A Cavite SU Region IV-B Cavite SU Region V Bicol U Region VI WVCST Region VII Cebu Normal U Region VIII EVSU Region IX WMSU Region X Bukidnon SU Region XI Bukidnon SU Region XII Bukidnon SU CARAGA NORMISIST NCR CICT ARMM Bukidnon SU Trainers' Training Teacher Trng & Network Admin - QC Teacher Trng & Network Admin - SJDM Teacher Trng & Network Admin - Cebu Teacher Trng & Network Admin - CDO Center Management - Luzon Center Management - VisMin
156,279.02 112,736.45 217,632.10 169,665.41 125,319.74 151,517.52 172,744.70 154,349.71 141,804.43 138,378.24 138,934.22 138,606.34 141,576.34 136,833.84 109,875.74 52,596.00 131,853.74
156,279.02 112,736.45 217,632.10 169,665.41 125,319.74 151,517.52 172,744.70 154,349.71 141,804.43 138,378.24 138,934.22 138,606.34 141,576.34 136,833.84 109,875.74 52,596.00 131,853.74 100% 656,821.94 679,113.44 734,611.19 787,868.24 920,128.44 1,179,698.52
Cavite SU CLSU Cebu Normal U NORMISIST Bataan Peninsula SU NORMISIST
656,821.94 679,113.44 734,611.19 787,868.24 920,128.44 1,179,698.52 153,980.00 76,990.00
656,821.94 679,113.44 734,611.19 787,868.24 920,128.44 1,179,698.52 153,980.00
Project Staff (3 months) 20,910.00 20,910.00 18,609.00 16,561.00 Supplies (Roadshows & Trainings) Printing Costs (Manuals)
AEF Conference travel per diem accommodations (RARC, TDR) dinner souvenirs Office Supplies Capital Outlay PMO workspace & hardware 13,500.00 2,400.00 3,000.00 10,500.00 6,750.00 50,000.00 13,500.00 2,400.00 3,000.00 10,500.00 6,750.00 50,000.00 13,500.00 2,400.00 3,000.00 10,500.00 6,750.00 50,000.00
Other Expenses 53,000.00 20,000.00 communications, trips, meetings, Core Team workshops, mailing, etc.
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