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Preparing Students in the New Normal of Education through Project E-levate

Past President of the Rotary Club of San Pedro Magic Zennia Zamora and Treasurer of the Rotaract Club of San Pedro East Khristine Karole Gañgan share their experience in mounting Project E-levate

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the delivery of education from the traditional face to face learning to online distance learning (ODL). Steadfast to its commitment to promote Basic Education and Literacy in its community, the Rotaract Club of San Pedro East implemented a timely project that helped learners adjust to the new mode of education delivery.

The Rotaract Club of San Pedro East conducted its Project E-levate (E- learning via Alternate Teaching and Educating), a free online tutorial program on enhancing English language skills of incoming Grade 7 students. 

The project was launched on July 15 with social media posts calling for enrollees. 35 students signed up and completed the program. Before the classes started, a virtual orientation was conducted and was attended by the parents and students. After which, a pre-assessment was given to students to determine their strengths and present knowledge on topics covered. 

To ensure that the tutorial would really be helpful to the students, the lessons namely, subject verb agreement, sentence patterns, voices of verbs, past perfect, direct and indirect speech were aligned to the Department of Education’s Most Essential Learning Competencies. After the five-week discussion, a post-assessment was undertaken by the students to determine the academic improvement of the learners. 

The e-class meets thrice a week having synchronous sessions where teachers and e-learners are engaged in learning through live virtual conferences. Asynchronous sessions or self-paced learning of learners at home through assignments were also conducted. The tutorial classes were also made interactive through the use of various  digital apps such as Google Classroom, Kahoot, Quizziz, Mentimeter, Zoom and other third-party applications. 

“As parents, we were very happy to see that our daughter is interested and engaged in this learning experience which helped in the development of my child’s communication skills. The project is also timely since my child and her e-classmates have already experienced what online learning is even though the academic year has not yet started, thus making them elevated and advanced,” said Albert Escuvania, a parent of one e-learner.

The Rotaract Club of San Pedro East has also conducted a virtual recognition ceremony for the students held last August 22. During the program, the completers and the top 5 of the class were recognized. 

“Today marks a new milestone as we break through this trying time to come up wiser, more resilient, and elevated. This opportunity has been opened to us, students, and this allowed us to grow with new knowledge and skills that enabled us to face the new normal of education. Project E-levate is truly elevating because it encouraged us to stand tall in the midst of the pandemic,” said class Valedictorian Johanna Jayde Atas.