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Smart employees and locals of Maasin, Iloilo hike up a muddy trail for 1.5 hours to deliver digital learning tools to Trangka Elementary School, the remotest school in the municipality. Supplied photo

Mountain learners level up with Smart school-in-a-bag

How bad is your commute to work or school?

Chances are, your daily traffic woes are no match to what the teachers and students of Trangka Elementary School in Maasin, Iloilo have to go through.

To get to the mountain school, some students have to walk four hours up a steep path. On rainy days, some of them would trudge muddy trails wearing nothing on their feet but plastic. They would arrive in school drenched, shaking, sleepy, and hungry.

Teachers, meanwhile, have to take on a two-hour hike while carrying a week’s worth of water and food, as most of them sleep in the school on week nights.

Matrido is thus thankful that she and her fellow teachers now have additional tools for heightening students’ interest in lessons despite the hardships they face every day.

Employees of PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications recently donated a School-in-a-Bag to Trangka Elementary School. This is a big backpack containing a laptop, tablets, TV, a solar panel with battery, pocket Wi-Fi, and various digital and printed educational content aligned with the official curriculum. The learning modules include a video series teaching preparedness for disasters like landslides – information that is highly relevant to the students. (pr)


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