Storytelling is now part of the learning program for elementary students in various school in the Philippines. One of the school who actively indulge in program is the Pagsawitan Elementary School in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. With the partnership of the Ericsson Philippines and Smart Communications, the program has been very successful.
When the students hear: “Story Time!”, grades 1 & 2 students gather around to listen stories from representatives of Ericsson Philippines. The chatting and noise making would stop immediately for the story teller to read. The storytelling program has been actively conducted in different school since November 2016.
” Their arrival was very timely. They rekindled the love for reading among the kids. This would help us solve the problem of having struggling readers,” said School head Aimee V. Cambel of Pagsawitan Elementary School.
With the help of education experts, Ericsson Philippines and Smart Communications have tallied ways in helping public school children learn better. With the storytelling, the students are known to have better vocabulary and eagerness to read day by day. They also develop the children’s creative thinking and moral values at the same time making learning fun.
When the students were asked what their favorite part of the day is, they would say various answers like: singing, drawing, but most of all “yung kuwento” (the story).
Aside from storytelling, the representatives have done a better learning experience for the children by letting them use a tablet with learning apps. A volunteer manager for Sustainability in Southeast Asia, Oceania and India mentioned that the moment they brought out the tablets, the kids would become super attentive and focus in the discussions.
Since the release of tablets, many people have combined technology and quality education to the betterment of learning for all levels of students (elementary, secondary, college). Smart Communications have reached various areas of the Philippines including: Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Cebu, Manila, Davao, Dumaguete, Laguna, Saranggani, and Siargao.