DepEd, UNDP use solar to power multimedia classrooms in Lanao Sur

October 16, 2018 // Leave a Comment

The Department of Education in Lanao del Sur is a recipient of of technical support for its computerization program to technologically advance the schools’ learning process and provide access on information technology.

The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), DepEd and in collaboration with Maradeca Inc provided solar panels to 422 schools in DepEd-Lanao Sur’s Division 1 and 2 to provide adequate power supply for its established multimedia classrooms and computer facilities.

Recipients are 149 schools in DepdEd-Division 1; 257 schools in DepEd’s Division 2; and 16 schools within Marawi city, the latter of which suffered substantial damages following Marawi siege in May 23, 2017.

The projects are already completed in District 2 while 86 solar panels were already installed in District 1.  There are still 63 ongoing installations in District 1 which will likely be completed by November 2018.

CPaGs validate the school readiness to receive computers powered by solar power in schools within DepEd-Lanao Sur.

The solar panels came along as a complementary support to schools which have set up its standard multimedia classroom with adequate secure electrical designs, security mechanisms, and with inspectorate team organized for these purpose.

The DepEd’s computerization program powered by solar panels proved beneficial for remote and isolated schools which lack of access for basic services and electricity.

Maradeca Inc. facilitated in profiling school-beneficiaries and assessed its readiness prior to delivery and actual mounting of solar panels.

DepEd’s computerization program involves citizen’s monitoring component with civil society organization or citizen’s in participatory governance (CPaGs) to ensure transparency.

“We have to train our teachers and students use information and communication technology so that it will improve their analytical capacities; help them access information for academic use; and keep up with global demands on the need to produce human resources that are knowledgeable on ICT,” said a DepEd official.

DepEd has also asked the local government units or barangays to help secure the school facilities.

DepEd partners too with PROMECH in the delivery of solar panel packages.