DepEd with Microsoft and CloudSwyft launched 'Oplan Tawid' to improve digital literacy among high school seniors
THE PHILIPPINES. The Manila Times (10 February 2022) - Department of Education (DepEd) launched the Technology-Assisted Work Immersion Delivery or Oplan Tawid to provide senior high school (SHS) students with digital literacy skills and increase their employability after graduation.
In partnership with technological companies Microsoft and CloudSwyft, students may enroll in virtual training courses and certification exams toward becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist or take the Cloud Fundamentals Training Path with the virtual labs powered by CloudSwyft.
Through Oplan Tawid, DepEd also aims to strengthen students' soft skills to adapt to the requirements of the 21st century in terms of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
"One of DepEd's learning delivery objectives is to liberate students from poverty. To attain this objective, we integrate technical-vocational courses with work immersion as a curriculum track for senior high school students to bolster their credentials if they decide to work after graduating," Education Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said.
Microsoft Philippines Human Resources director Grace de la Cruz added that public-private partnerships are critical in closing the gaps in ensuring inclusive access and future successes of Filipino learners.
She said that students should be equipped with the right tools and solutions, so they can be "catalysts of positive impact for our nation."
CloudSwyft CEO Dann Angelo de Guzman also emphasized the importance of hands-on and practical learning for students to thrive in workplaces, which is why their company is supporting DepEd's endeavor through their virtual labs platforms.
"[These will] allow students to simulate real-world exercises using advanced, expensive software tools through a virtual environment accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere," he said.
The pilot test for Oplan Tawid runs until March and will later expand to cover more learners nationwide.
Earlier, DepEd also conducted training to upskill students on online skilling platforms, with more than 1 million LinkedIn profiles created by participants.
The Education department will also be partnering with other companies in the field of information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) and finance to immerse learners in working for an established company and gain strategic professional experience.
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