Project period: October 2018 to September 2021
Project site: Philippines (nationwide)
Funding: Philippine Department of Education, IDRC
Contact: Sylvia Garde, Senior Program Manager, FIT-ED
TPD@Scale Philippines is a partnership between the Coalition and the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd). It was launched on August 28, 2018 with a workshop for regional and division field offices on the program’s inaugural blended learning course for teachers called ELLN Digital. The national scale up of ELLN Digital is expected to begin in June 2019, targeting over 300,000 teachers in more than 38,000 public (government-run) primary schools in a phased roll-out over the next two years. The Coalition will be providing technical assistance and research support to DepEd for the ELLN Digital national scale up and for the expansion of the blended model to TPD for other learning areas and grades.
“ELLN” is short for Early Language, Literacy and Numeracy; “Digital” refers to the blended learning design of the course, a combination of guided independent study using multimedia courseware, classroom application and reflection, and face-to-face co-learning in school-based learning communities. The course, intended for K to 3 teachers, covers the fundamentals of teaching reading and arithmetic in the early grades.
ELLN Digital was piloted in 2016-2017 with over 4,000 teachers in 240 schools nationwide. The pilot was a collaboration between DepEd and the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (FIT-ED), with funding support from the United States Agency for International Development through the Philippine-American Fund. FIT-ED is also the Secretariat of the Coalition.
Photo credit: Hazel Besana