Information and communications technology (ICT) is perhaps the single most important sector that accelerated the globalization or greater mobility of people, goods and services, technology and capital, and sports and culture, across islands, countries and continents. ICT being accessible, attainable and available for all permeates the inevitable birth of power to the people. Empowered and well-informed citizens mean more independent, self-reliant and more responsible citizens.
The Philippine government has been committed to modernize the Philippine educational system in its effort to make each and every student at par with other students in the developed economies. This is because in today’s knowledge economy, the capability to utilize and produce information and to transform it into knowledge and vast array of goods and services is very essential to economic growth and social development. Along with this effort are the continuous curricular changes and reorientation, teacher training and investment in school facilities and infrastructure, one of which is geared towards the vision of equipping each public school with the modern computer and other information and communication (ICT)-related gadgets and instructional materials.
Revolutionizing the outdated educational system of our country thru ICT is a liberation of knowledge each Filipino must celebrate. Today, the use of ICT in education is greatly helping developing countries to catch up with the education race becoming a great equalizer and providing access to ICT-based learning can help close the wide digital divide. ICT-based learning is now recognized as an effective tool in meeting the education objectives and serve previously unserved sectors.
As a public servant advocating for the good of the people, I believe that ICT in education has become a critical factor to ensure that a country’s workforce is skilled and prepared to meet the challenges of development and global employment opportunities. Thus, as ICT becomes part of the Philippine basic education landscape, the inclusion of basic learning competencies in computers to educate our Filipino learners so that they can be globally competitive and raise their personal and national esteem, and realize a progressive life will be an ensured reality.
It is imperative that as concerned citizens, we must take on the diffusion of ICT in our education system a fresh start. A renewal of commitment for our young generation, that though we are yet to become part of the first world scheme, Filipinos are more than eager to learn and accept innovations that would render our society adept with technology and the modern world.
Shirlyn L. Bañas-Nograles
General Santos City