DOST, Lions Club turn over STARBOOKS, supplies to remote school in Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (PIA) — A far flung school in Kabayan, Benguet received a Science Digital Library and other support from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Lions International Club-Cavite.

DOST Science and Technology Information Institute Director Richard Burgos and Benguet Provincial S &T Center Director Sheila Marie Singa-Claver and representatives of the Lions International Club – Cavite Association of Science and Mathematics Educators Philippine Private Schools in the turn-over of the DOST-STARBOOKS and other supplies to the Ballay Integrated School in Kabayan recently.

STARBOOKS is a computer set containing hundreds of thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats such as text, video and audio. It is the first science digital library in the Philippines that can be operated without internet connection.

Claver said that the hardware or the computer for the STARBOOKS was donated by the Lion’s Club while DOST provided the content of the digital library.

The DOST officials with the school officials signed the memorandum of agreement for the usage of the STARBOOKS. A users training was also conducted by technical staff of the DOST for the school personnel.

Burgos encouraged the school to maximize the use of the  digital library which is very helpful for easy access to learning resources especially that internet connectivity is one of the limitations in the area.

Aside from STARBOOKS, the donors also distributed other learning resources and school supplies, hygiene and eyewear kits, health supplements and some agricultural tools to the learners and parents.

School Principal Bhede Martin, in behalf of the beneficiaries, expressed gratitude to the team for providing learning materials and other supplies which benefit about 195 learners in the school to include Alternative Learning School students in the area.

The activity was part of the advocacy of the Lions International – Cavite ASMEPPS, the Baguio City Family and Friends Lions Club, and Saint Francis Assisi College. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR/ DOST-Benguet photos)

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