RTNMC donates Radio-Based Instruction facility to Sarong school

Around 180 students in Sarong Elementary School in Bataraza will benefit from the Radio-Based Instruction (RBI) facility donated by Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC).

The RBI facility, worth P54,788, was given by RTNMC to strengthen its support to the learners in areas under blended learning scheme as this will give students enough time to understand the lessons through on-air teaching.

Community development organizer Ramona Adjed said the RBI will help both students and teachers cope with the current educational landscape under the new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Dati kasi, modules lang ‘yong mga bata walang malinaw na instruction sa kanila, parang self-study lang. Ngayon na may mga schedule ang bawat grade kung anong oras ‘yong sa kanila, sa tingin ko mas napadali ‘yong strategy ng pagtuturo ng mga teacher,” Adjed said.

This commitment of RTNMC to the education sector could also encourage more students who are mostly members of indigenous groups of Molbog and Palaw’an to pursue their studies insspite of struggles.

Adjed narrated that students before were having difficult time in completing attendance due to the distance of school from their homes, and the need to help their parents to earn for their daily needs.

The RBI facility will help them cope with their lessons even with the absence of face-to-face interaction with teachers.

“Sana patuloy nila gamitin ng maayos at ingatan ang gamit na ibinigay sa kanila. At sana ay mas madagdagan pa ‘yong mga bata na gusto mag-aral,” she added.

“It helps our students a lot. Through RBI, they are able to learn. Our learners and parents are interested to hear the lessons on air,” teacher-in-charge Norilen Ferrariz added.

The support came from the RTNMC’s Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) under education sector allocated for the local government unit of Barangay Sarong.

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