DepEd, partners to conduct computer training for visually-impaired students

October 19, 2012 10:27 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 19 — The Department of Education (DepEd) has found three allies in providing free training for persons who are totally blind to enhance their computer skills in preparation for college or jobs that require computer skills.

The Resources for the Blind, the Overbrook Nippon Foundation Inc. and IBM Philippines have pooled resources for the 11th Computer Camp for the Blind from Oct. 29 to Nov. 9, 2012 at the IBM Philippines, in Eastwood City Cyberpark in Libis, Quezon City. The training is free as well as transportation, lodging and food throughout the training.

Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro said the computer camp is aligned with the DepEd’s thrust of making education accessible to all learners. “We thank our partners for this initiative that will give a glimmer of hope for our learners who are visually impaired,” he added.

The camp is for third or fourth year high school students who are totally blind or with severe low vision. Candidates must be familiar with the keyboard or have computer background. They must not have participated in previous computer eyes training and must be able to travel alone to and from Manila.

“Equally important, they must be willing to share with the other blind the knowledge gained from the training,” Luistro said.

One slot each is given to the following schools: Davao School for the Blind in Davao City, Talakag NHS in Bukidnon, Cateel Vocational HS in Davao Oriental, Talomo National HS in Davao del Sur, Bacold NHS in Bacolod City, Antique NHS in San Jose, Antique, Oroquieta NHS in Misamis Occidental, Mandaue Central School in Cebu, San Francisco NHS in Cebu, Madelaine Academy in Kabankalan City, St. Joseph Academy in Kabankalan City, Tangke NHS in Talisay City, Cebu and Cadiz SPED High School in Negros Occidental.

Atimonan HS in Quezon, Balibago NHS in Sta Rosa, Laguna, Batangas City NHS, Camarines Sur NHS in Naga City, Catuday NHS in Bolinao, Pangasinan, Commonwealth HS in Quezon City, Currimao NHS in Ilocos Norte, Dagupan NHS Pangasinan, Gulang-gulang NHS in Lucena City, Infanta NHS in Quezon, Isabela School for the Blind in Cauayan, Isabela, Kalayaan HS in Caloocan City, La Trinidad NHS in Benguet and Lolomboy NHS in Bulacan.

Longos NHS in Malabon, Manggahan HS in Pasig City, Mayapyap NHS in Talavera Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive HS in Bayombong, Olongapo NHS, Philippine National School for the Blind in Pasay City, Pampanga NHS in San Fernando, Quirino HS in Project 3, Quezon City, Ramon Magsaysay HS in Sampaloc, Manila, San Jose HS in GMA, Cavite, San Miguel NHS in Bulacan, Sapang Palay NHS in Bulacan, Solsona NHS in Ilocos Norte, St Agnes HS in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, Sta. Maria NHS in Binalonan, Pangasinan, Tanza Comprehensive NHS in Cavite and Valenzuela NHS in Valenzuela, Metro Manila. (PNA)

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