While online classes are underway, many students still struggle with keeping up with the required tools for it. Parents resort to barter and students resort to pausing their education for being unable to access the needed resources.
Thankfully, there are certain government and non-government initiatives that understand the struggles of education's "new normal." For instance, in Pasig City, Mayor Vico Sotto consistently stays on top of government-led plans to help students, teachers, and parents with online learning.
For instance, the local city government teamed up with Finasia to put reliable internet connection in centers where parents can download necessary reading materials for their children. Faculty members are also free to use the internet to upload modules for their students. Of course, the mayor is also making sure that it follows social distancing protocols.
Aside from internet connection, the local government of Pasig also secured enough funding to hand out free tablets to students and laptops for teachers who need them for online classes.
Other organizations's initiatives
Pasig City's local government isn't the only one with campaigns that aim to help students. The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Council of District 1 in Tondo, Manila also handed out free online class essentials to houses in their community. Part of the essentials they gave include notebooks, ballpens, flash drives, highlighters, correction tape, earphones, and even a laptop table.
Another non-government initiative lending a helping hand to students in need is the private Facebook group called Ayuda Pang Eskwela. In the group, a student or their parents can post to ask for help with online class resources. Once approved by the admin, the post is made public in the group and the members who are willing can donate as they wish. The group has been able to help around 248 students so far.
Universities and students also teamed up to help those in need to continue with online classes. Donation drives for laptops and other necessary mobile devices were also organized by schools like Miriam College and organizations like Ateneo Alumni Assocation. University of the East and University of the Philippines each launched their respective fundraising campaigns to help students financially.
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