The students of the Ulip National High School in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, were all smiles as they excitedly help unload computers and peripherals for the upgrade of their school’s multimedia center.
The computers arrived in hundred-boxful as part of the ‘Computer Literacy and Internet Connection project’ of USAID’s ‘Growth with Equity in Mindanao Program.’
More than a million students would have benefited from the program, launched in partnership with the Parent-Teachers Associations of individual high schools, providing internet connection assistance to more than 920 schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and other conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.
The smiles were but display of gratitude for the USAID help in realizing their modest dreams of learning about the fundamentals of technology, conduct research for their school work, and expand their general knowledge using the limitless resources of the internet, through the computers and wireless broadband access.
The project was being implemented under the oversight of the Mindanao Development Agency.