Installation of an educational radio in the Samar North school
CITY OF TACLOBAN – About 800 learners from the remote villages of Palapag, in northern Samar, will benefit from the Radio Instruction Project (RBI) funded through donations collected by a non-governmental organization.
Capacujan National High School (NHS) with enrollments in remote communities is the primary beneficiary of educational radio programs that can be heard via the FM band.
On August 31, the campus received transmitters, antennas and broadcast equipment managed through a laptop or desktop computer.
With the ongoing battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), RBI is being used by the education department as one of the viable platforms while regular face-to-face classes are still suspended, a said Jerico Joshua Kahulugan, national director of humanitarian order. of Sierra Falconès, Inc., in a telephone interview Thursday.
The initiative, driven by the non-profit groups Sierra Falconès and the Save to Send Project, is supported by the Northern Samar division of the Department of Education.
Sierra Falconès has managed to raise PHP 44,794 in donations for the purchase of equipment as part of its Piso Ko, Transistor Mo project.
Through RBI, teachers guide and assist students through the radio while reading and studying their printed modules, making it easy for them to understand their lesson.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the way of life of our learners and it continues to make these children suffer from its adverse effects, which is why we have partnered with DepEd in northern Samar to help young learners to face these difficult times, ”Kahulugan said.
He added that the RBI project will be adopted by other chapters of the Sierra Falconès in different parts of the country to extend the new way of teaching.
Cherry Nobis, a teacher in Capacujan and president of the Sierra Falconès section in northern Samar, said this alternative mode of learning and teaching is useful for students who continue their studies despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Capacujan has 26 teachers trained to operate RBI. The campus has 800 students from different remote villages.
The school is accessible to teachers by riding a single motorbike from the city center, using a rocky and muddy road while some students from neighboring villages have to walk about an hour to get to campus.
Due to their geographical location, it is difficult for students to contact their teachers if they have details on their activity sheets and modules.
“To get a good signal, they have to climb a hill when they send a message. That’s why I’m working really hard to get us to have this radio station, ”Nobis said in a phone interview.
The radio is in service Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“For now, we are continuing to release tests for the actual operation once this school year class begins this month,” she added.
Besides the Capacujan NHS, the Piso Ko, Transistor Mo project is also being implemented at Las Navas I Central in Las Navas, a remote town in the northern Samar province. (ANP)