Loboc Educational Advancement Drive
The Loboc Educational Advancement Drive (LEAD) is asking for your support in realizing its dreams through fundraising and collective awareness. We, the proponents of this drive, are all alumni of the Loboc Central Elementary School(LCES), and this school will be the sole recipient of this campaign.
Created very recently for the main purpose of addressing both the immediate needs and long-term concerns of our Alma Mater (LCES) pertaining mainly towards the advancement of its educational competitiveness.
Below is the link for the LEAD Facebook Group.
The LCES is located in a small inland town, Loboc, in Bohol Island, the Philippines. Loboc is blessed with rich culture and hard-working people bounded by spectacular natural sceneries. It is well-known for its river cruises, centuries-old stone Church, and world-class musicality as represented by our world-renowned Loboc Children’s Choir.
(Taken from the web November 2015)
Loboc, being situated in the middle of high hills and mountains, compounded by the Loboc River that dissects the valley, has been inundated several times. The most recent one wiped out all the computer units and other essential teaching tools of the LCES. Aside from the floods, Loboc has been hit by a strong earthquake that almost flattened our old stone Church and badly damaged our classrooms and grounds. This created a very huge problem both as a community and as a people. Coupling with these tangible issues are even more alarming social diseases. Our youth become more disintegrated and shattered because of these untoward events. They become apathetic towards the idea of hope and life in general. It makes the whole community more devastated as we all know that they are purely victims of circumstance.
(Taken by Loboc Central Elementary School teachers and the web)
Our local government units, with assistance from the National government, have been struggling to cope with the demands of the said devastations. The budget allocations for the LCES were obviously insufficient. Donations from other identified organizations are also being sought as this campaign entails an extensive/comprehensive scope.
The Alumni Association of LCES, thru the LEAD, is making this initiative to reach out to the needs of our beloved Alma Mater in response to the lack of resources made available by the government. This has been in constant consultation with them amidst the clear and present demand by our school especially in this age of global competitiveness.
Teachers Resource Center - $2500
(Pictures lifted from Pinterest)
Low-cost and very useful. Currently, our teachers use their own money for educational sustenance. The reality is, the teachers’ and the school’s budget designs are always insufficient to address the essential needs of our children. With this Education Resource Center (ERC), our educators can have full access to free items to be appropriately used in their classrooms. Items such as arts and crafts materials, classroom supplies, books and basic supplies are greatly needed and give teachers the opportunity to conduct unique learning projects.
“The Students - Children are given the tools and supplies they want and deserve to enhance the quality of their learning experience. Many of our students come to school unprepared to learn. With the ERC, our students can have an advantage and can maximize their learning potentials.” (taken from leeschoolfoundation.org, November 2015).
Classroom projectors - $17,500
25 projectors X $700 each projector= $17,500
(Projector picture from Amazon.com)
To be used together with the teacher’s computer for lesson projection. Some of the teachers in school use their own computers since there is no supply from the government. While an interactive projector is ideal for classrooms, they are very expensive. Projectors at this price range are already of decent quality and are already suitable for classroom use.
Teacher Computers - $7500
25 teachers X $300 each chromebook= $7500 (basic chromebook computers are cheaper and free software)
(Chromebook picture from Amazon.com)
Teachers should be provided with the resources that they need rather than use their own computer. This will motivate the teachers to do better. Above photo shows a chromebook. They are relatively cheap but they already have the basics that teachers and children need in school.
Computer Lab - $7500
25 computers X $300 each chromebase= $7500 (compare with chromebook above)
(Chromebase picture from Amazon.com)
While children in the first world countries play with their own tablets, some children from this town don’t have access to any computer. It is essential that these children be given the opportunity to learn at least the basics of computers so they can relate and keep abreast with the changing demands in technology evolution. Chromebooks were also selected here to keep the cost low, practical and sustainable.
Printer - $5000
(One heavy duty low maintenance multi-function printer to support the school)
(Pictures from Konika Minolta and Xerox websites)
There are printers that are much cheaper than what’s budgeted here. But printers at this price range have lower cost per print and very capable of high volume printing making them ideal for schools. Currently, homeworks are written on the board and copied by the pupils. This is very time-consuming and chances are, children will miss some vital points thus compromising their learning. Teachers also write lessons and quizzes on the board and children are expected to copy them. This again wastes a lot of time. By printing homeworks and quizzes, teachers can find more time focusing on quality teaching/facilitating while the receiving end, the students, can get ample time to learn.
Total Campaign Goal - $40,000
This is a big goal! We will adjust the item we purchase basing on the money we receive. If blessed with more, we can either purchase better quality equipment or provide the same resources to other schools within the town. We will also need to update classrooms to fit these equipment. We will tap the local community to do their share for these upgrades. One of the priorities is to build a storage for these equipment designed to withstand a strong earthquake and to be situated on a safe height for flood precautions. Though the local government is trying to address the flooding issues, a permanent solution is still close to nothing.
With this campaign, we can be able to maximize our potentials to be good citizens through quality education. Education, being an effective weapon in battling the common ills of society, must be a moral obligation and a moral imperative, not just for those in government but also for everybody who share the same advocacy as our forefathers. With this drive, the youth will see hope in a very renewed perspective. They can now revive the things that really matter. And that is - Living. This will just be the beginning of a very long journey. A journey that will define us as a people and as a community. Your support will definitely serve as a springboard to something big and hopefully, to something sustainable.
Your donations allowed us to purchase the following:
A. 6 printers - one for each of the 6 grade levels. There are 3 classrooms per grade level to share.
B. 7 projectors - one to share for each grade level and one for the special education class.
C. Networking Equipment - 3 access points and network cables.
D. 4 chromebooks - provided to teachers who didn't have a laptop.
E. Speaker Phone - for online meetings.
F. Security camera system - this will be extremely useful once the computer lab becomes a reality.
We can be proud that Loboc Central Elementary School now have printed worksheets and homework. This makes our teachers job a little easier allowing them to focus more on teaching rather than on writing. We also now have connected all our classrooms to the internet. Together with the projectors, classroom connectivity now allows our teachers to bring knowledge available in the web to all the students. These would not have been possible if not for your help.
For 2017, because of the donations you have given this year, we are expecting to receive a little over $6000 from Maxim Integrated Products! They are matching the donations we have received until October 2016 - for every dollar you gave, Maxim will give a dollar more. This will be enough to buy the computers for the lab that we dreamed for our kids.
But our work doesn't end here. We have to prepare the school for these computers. We have to get our teachers ready. Give them the training that they need to make this a success. We need to get the lessons ready and a lot more. All these involves a lot of planning and hard work. This will be our main goal for the coming year. Definitely we will need help from the PTA, the local community and local government to be successful.
Again thank you very for your help! We will be knocking on your doors again in the coming year for another round of donations and hopefully have it matched at the end of the year 2017.
Happy new year to all!