The eSkwela Project, a word play on the Filipino equivalent of “school”, is a flagship project of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), in partnership with DepED’s Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS), that is envisioned to provide ICT-enhanced educational opportunities for Filipino out-of-school youth and adults (OSYAs).
It likewise aims to help reduce the digital divide and enhance the capacity of these individuals to be successful participants in a global and knowledge-based economy. The initiative responds directly to a national development priority and will bring elearning opportunities and ICT for learning resources to mobile teachers / instructional managers and out-of-school learners in the Philippines in an exciting, innovative, and locally meaningful way.
Under this project, community-based e-Learning Centers or eSkwela Centers are being established around the country to conduct ICT-enhanced alternative education programs for interested individuals. These centers serve as venues where out-of-school learners and other community members can learn new skills and competencies, review for the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Exam of the DepEd-BALS, and/or help prepare learners to rejoin the formal school system, if so desired.
Naga City eSkwela project