Visayan Electric Company (VECO) opened its new and innovative E-Learning Center at Mabolo Elementary School in Cebu City last February.
“The first of its kind and the pilot project of VECO, this will redefine the teaching-learning experience for students and teachers who will be using them by school year 2016-2017,” VECO Community Relations Officer Eric Ching said at the turnover ceremony attended by acting Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, VECO COO Anton Perdices, DepEd Cebu City Asst. Dr. Danilo Gudelosao, school officials, teachers, and students.
With the help of Genesis Raña, founder and director of the University of the Visayas New School (UVNS), VECO transformed an old dilapidated bus into a learning space with iPad minis, an Apple TV, and a 50-inch LED TV. Outside is an al fresco area, built with upcycled materials from VECO’s scrapyard, where teachers can opt to hold classes under the trees.
“The idea was not only to provide the students gadgets but, at the same time, equip them with the facility to go with it,” Mr. Ching added. The company hopes the E-Learning Center will become a venue for setting a different standard of learning that encourages students to stay in school and perform better.
Come school vacation, Apple will train the school’s teachers on using iMovie, an application for editing and producing video materials, while UVNS will provide filmmaking classes. The teachers can pass on these skills to their students from Grades 4 to 6.
VECO plans to create more projects of this kind to raise the bar of teaching-learning system for the students in Cebu, as part of its projects aimed at giving back and helping the community it serves.