The EDUCATION advocacy of Congresswoman BH is focused primarily on bridging the digital divide between the privileged and underprivileged, thus giving FREE quality computer literacy programs to those who have no access to it.
BAGONG HENERASYON COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER
Bagong Henerasyon jumpstarted this Education advocacy through the establishment of the Bagong Henerasyon Computer-Learning-Center (BH-CLC) in August 2002 in partnership initially with AMA University and now with Informatics Computer Institute and the Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) of Barangay Bahay Toro in Project 8, Quezon City. BH-CLC has been providing for the past years, FREE quality computer training and education to the out-of-school and out-of-work youth, students in public schools, the socially-disadvantaged women, the elderly and the retired, and the rank-and-file private and government employees. To date, more than 20,000 beneficiaries have availed of this program. Courses available are Business Application Software or BAS, Desktop Publishing, Basic Secretarial, Basic Computer Technician, Advanced Computer Technician, HTML Webpage Design and Internet education.
BAGONG HENERASYON COMPUTER SCHOOL-ON-WHEELS
In Bagong Henerasyon’s gusto to provide accessible services to the public, in 2004, it won a 1.2 Million-Peso grant from the Aus-AID PACAP of the Australian Embassy in the World Bank-sponsored “Panibagong Paraan” competition besting 1,800 hopefuls, to operate the first Computer school-On-Wheels or C.O.W. in the country. The concept of the COW is simple, and therein lays its beauty, so to speak: “bring the right SERVICE to the right PEOPLE at the right PLACE and TIME”. So, in a nutshell, what Bagong Henerasyon did was to: RECYCLE a used 20-footer container van; CONVERT it into a mobile classroom; OUTFIT it with computers and peripherals; HAUL it to pre-identified barangays; PARK it beside the barangay halls, school premises or any suitable vacant lot; TAP INTO the electric mains of those barangays; TURN ON the power; and PRESTO! A fully operational computer learning center giving FREE quality computer training is now right at the very doorsteps of the target beneficiaries. To date, more than 25,000 beneficiaries graduated from different cities, municipalities and provinces.
With these efforts in computer literacy, the APEC Digital Opportunity Center of Tapei, Taiwan recognized in June 2006, the COW project as Best Practice in Bridging the Digital Divide in the Philippines.
BH-CLC has moved to a new home. We are now located at Barangay Sto. Cristo, District 1, Quezon City in partnership with the Barangay Council of said barangays where we also have a livelihood training center.
ADOC E-CARE CENTER
In May 2006, in order to ensure that computer literacy is for everybody, Bagong Henerasyon added a new Computer Training Project, and this time it is for people with disabilities, particularly, the visually, hearing, speech and mobility impaired. In partnership with ATRIEV, a school for the visually impaired, and the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) of Taipei, Bagong Henerasyon was tasked to manage the operation of the Bagong Henerasyon ADOC eCARE CENTER which gives FREE quality computer training to differently-abled persons located at Barangay Nayong Kanluran, District 1, Quezon City. To date, the center has produced more than 1,500 graduates.
COMMUNITY-BASED COMPUTER LEARNING CENTERS
Through the years, Bagong Henerasyon continued to establish several community-based computer-learning centers and has produced more than 6,000 graduates from these centers. To date, 7 centers are giving FREE computer literacy in their respective areas:
|COMPUTER CENTER NAME AND LOCATION|
|BH-Balingasa Computer Learning Center in Balintawak, QC|
|BH-Sto. Cristo Computer Learning Center in Sto. Cristo, QC|
|BH-Paang Bundok Computer Learning Center in Laloma, QC|
|BH-First District Computer Learning Center in Masambong, QC|
|BH-RC Talipapa Computer Learning Center in Talipapa, QC|
|BH-Global Pro Computer Learning Center in 20th Avenue, QC|
|BH-UP Campus Computer Learning Center in UP Diliman, QC|
Two (2) more centers will be established soon in Barangay Bagong Pag-asa and Barangay Sto. Cristo, Quezon City.
ROVING COMPUTER AND SPEECH TRAINING CENTER
In 2008, the Bagong Henerasyon, in partnership with the Rotary Club of South Triangle and Rotary Club of Song Tang Central of Korea, launched in October 2008, its second Computer school-On-Wheels on a 40-foot container van and called it the Roving Computer and Speech Training Center, which gives FREE quality computer and speech training at the very doorsteps of its target beneficiaries. Rotary International gave a P1 Million Grant for this project. To date, more than 2,000 have graduated from this school in computer literacy and another 2,000 in English proficiency.
Seeing how effective the mobile schools are of Bagong Henerasyon, then Quezon City Mayor now Speaker of the House Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., tapped the services of Bagong Henerasyon of putting up two (2) e-Schools-on-Board so that all grade six pupils of Quezon City will have access to computer education. The local school board of Quezon City awarded a P4 Million grant to Bagong Henerasyon Foundation to implement the project. The two (2) mobile computer schools were on May 31, 2010 and is now parked in two schools of Quezon City.
BAGONG HENERASYON COMPUTER SCHOOLS-ON-WHEELS TOO
Due to the high demand of our mobile computer schools, Bagong Henerasyon, through Congresswoman BH decided to use its own PDAF in order to come up with more Computer Schools-on-Wheels. At present, Bagong Henerasyon has 14 units of the new COW. This time already built it using a 6-wheeler truck instead of a container van. We partnered with different provincial and local government units.
|Area||Partner||No. of Units|
|Quezon City||QC Government/Mayor Herbert Bautista||6|
|Quezon City District 2||Congressman Winnie Castelo||1|
|Caloocan City||Councilor Marjorie Barreto||1|
|Bulacan||Province of Bulacan/Department of Education||1|
|San Jose, Nueva Ecija||Municipality of San Jose / Mayor Belena||1|
|Laguna||Province of Laguna / Gov. and Mayor Ejercito||1|
|Aklan||Board Member Victor Garcia||1|
|NCR||Big Hands Foundation||1|
|NCR||Skill Tech Institute||1|
In partnership with NOVA Computer College, 300 high school graduates received full tuition Certificate Programs or College scholarships while 10 grade one students obtained full scholarship courtesy of YUMINIKODENI. BH Foundation also has partnerships with Technical Educational Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) for the Ladderized Education Program Scholarships and PESFA Scholarships.
Through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Agriculture (DA), college scholarships are continuously being granted to deserving students.
ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM
Another project of Bagong Henerasyon launched in June 2007, together with the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) and the Department of Education, is the Alternative Learning System, which aims to give elementary and high school education in a non-formal setting to those (15 years old and above) who weren’t able to study formally in schools. This program will enable them to get their high school diploma and be ready for either college or technical vocational trainings, employment or be entrepreneurs, after they graduate from ALS, where trainings are conducted every Saturday for the next 10 months. More than 500 have finished the program.