LAPUZ  INDUCTED  INTO  CHAMPIONS  OF  DIGITAL LITERACY  HALL  OF  FAME

MANILA,
AUGUST 4, 2008
(STAR) Education Secretary Jesli Lapus has been inducted into the Certiport Champions of Digital Literacy Hall of Fame for his efforts to roll out one of the world’s largest digital literacy programs for the Department of Education’s (DeEd) over 480,000 teachers.

Lapus, the first Filipino to be so honored, represents Asia in the Hall of Fame induction for mandating information communication technology competency program for virtually all of the country’s teachers in primary and secondary education.

Lapus is being recognized for his pro-active effort to develop and validate teachers’ ICT skills using globally-recognized standards.

“The leadership demonstrated by Secretary Lapus in the digital literacy development of Filipino teachers will enrich student learning and global competitiveness of the Philippines,” said David Saedi, president and CEO of Certiport.

With support from the private sector, DepEd has already sent into digital literacy training more than 100,000 teachers. These include 86,000 teachers trained under a project with Intel, 18,000 in collaboration with Microsoft and 4,000 together with USAID. The in-service training of teachers under DepEd’s own information communication technology for education (ICT4E) initiative also provided an estimated 100,000 public school teachers with computer literacy skills.

“Our students are the direct beneficiaries of our efforts to harness the power of technology to improve classroom instruction and ICTs are valuable tools to accomplish our goals,” Lapus said.

In 2007, DepEd trained and tested 300 technical and vocational public school teachers using Certiport IC. Lapus added that the certification of the teachers’ ICT skills is aligned with globally established standards such as the UNESCO’s Competency Standards for Teachers and the National ICT Standards for Teachers.

The Champions of Digital Literacy Hall of Fame honors the exemplary efforts of individuals across the globe who transform the landscape of education and employment through championing the adoption of digital literacy standards. Each year, nominations are received from around the world and award recipients are selected based on the measurable scope and social impact of their efforts. The Champions of Digital Literacy Inspiration Award is given in recognition of the visionary leadership required to transform communities and nations through large-scale digital literacy initiatives.

Others inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame include:

• Brian Leonard, dean of computer science at Southwestern Michigan College in the United States;

• Dieter Antonio Estrada Sandoval, founder of Centro de Computacion in Guatemala;

• Edzard Hasbargen of MD Schulung & Beratung GmbH in Germany, and

• Dr. Wail Omar, CEO of BNR Education, a provider of digital literacy solutions in Iraq.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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