Introducing: The traveling classroom
Filipino teachers have found a creative way
to educate indigenous students in rural areas
Location: Porac, Philippines
by building a makeshift learning center
using old bookshelves, wood, and a rickshaw
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) TEACHER, CHRISTOPHER SEMSEM SAYING:
"Rickshaws are common in these villages, they are used by many to transport goods in the area. So I thought, why not use old shelves to store learning materials and mount a television to play instructional videos and place everything on top of a rickshaw."
The mobile lessons are pre-recorded
and reading materials are safely packaged
The initiative spreads across five villages
and helps around 500 students throughout the week
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) TEACHER, CHRISTOPHER SEMSEM, SAYING:"
We teachers initially had a hard time because the only option given by the government is online or 'blended' learning where students are given modules and continue their lessons virtually. However, there is no internet or television in this area. We had to think of an alternative way to bring the lessons to the children."