DLP pushed as model for disaster-resilient education

Disasters and emergencies disrupt people’s lives.  Depending on the gravity of the devastation, it would take some time for affected communities to recover.

As efforts from various sectors to make the Philippines more resilient to disasters gain ground, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has positioned an innovative teaching framework to help reduce the disruptive impact of disasters to education.

Dynamic Learning Program infographic
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The Dynamic Learning Program (DLP), which was developed by Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. M. Victoria Carpio-Bernido, promotes independent learning in students to improve academic performance particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“We are taking a multi-pronged approach towards helping the country become more disaster-resilient.  We have been helping high-risk communities prepare for disasters through capacity-building initiatives, and giving affected communities the means to regain their economic footing via alternative livelihood opportunities,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.

“We also want to ensure that learning among the young gets back on track especially during disasters.  DLP has unique features that allow teachers, and students to resume on their classes at the safety of their homes,” added Isberto.

Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. M. Victoria Carpio-Bernido
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Developed by the Bernidos to improve the performance of family-owned Central Visayan Institute Foundation (CVIF) in Jagna, Bohol, the teaching framework has been gaining popularity among schools for its parallel learning groups, activity-based multi-domain learning, in-school comprehensive student portfolio, and strategic study and rest periods.

Based on their scientific studies, the Bernidos came up with the formula “80 percent student activity + 4 academic days + 0 homework” to significantly improve the academic performance of the student.

Smart and the PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) have been helping the Bernidos propagate CVIF-DLP to more schools in the country so more students will benefit from this non-traditional learning method.

DLP for disaster-resilient education was proven effective for the City Divisions Schools of Cagayan de Oro in the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong; Claret School of Zamboanga City following the military standoff; CVIF after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol; and Parish School of St. Isidore in the island of Capiz on the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“The Department of Education has already put in place measures to make Philippine education resilient amid the increased threat of disasters. DLP is one of our answers to this call,” said Isberto.

There are currently over 200 public and private schools all over the country that are implementing CVIF-DLP.  The number is seen growing as Smart will be offering the same to schools in its Noah’s Ark communities that includes high-risk barangays in the cities of Marikina, Bacolod, Dumaguete, General Santos, and the Province of Cebu.

“We value the education of our youth, and we have harnessed the potential of technology to democratize access to quality education, as well as to enhance the learning and teaching experience across our learning communities.  With DLP, we want to ensure that adverse conditions like disasters do not hamper in any way the basic right to education,” said Stephanie V. Orlino, senior manager and head of education programs, Smart Public Affairs.

For more details about this non-traditional yet effective teaching framework, visit Dynamic Learning Program at www.dlp.ph; follow CVIF-DLP on Twitter (@CVIFDLP); or like on Facebook (facebook.com/DynamicLearningProgram) , or view on YouTube (CVIF-DLP).

An advocate for education, Smart has been supporting various initiatives aided by web-based and mobile technologies under the Smart Schools Program.  These initiatives are tailored to the needs of specific base-of-the-pyramid learning communities from basic to tertiary levels./ (Source: Smart Public Affairs)

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