Maluso, Basilan (November 11, 2020) – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Maluso, through the Expanded Local School Board, together with Basilan Schools Division of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) and WBA 99.1FM Radio Station launches today 'RadyoEdukasyon' an innovative approach to blended learning in the 'new normal'.
In his opening statement, Maluso mayor Hanie Bud informs everyone present that 'RadyoEdukasyon' was developed base on the urgent need to support learners on schooling in the new normal. He relays to the audience that this is all about self-reliance and tapping into local resources - the expanded local school board has been activated, the local radio station is ready to provide airtime, school heads and teachers are eager to go on air to follow through learners' performance especially in the remote areas, and the local DepEd leadership is also supportive and up to the task. He said, these local resources are more than enough to jumpstart this innovation today. He welcomes old and new partners who would like to join and help improve this innovative approach to schooling in the new normal.
“This 'RadyoEdukasyon' initiative will level up teachers' competence in reaching out and follow through on student learning in this new normal, this is a challenge we will accept and we will make sure teachers who are tapped as anchors and subject specialists for this program will exert their best effort for this radio-based instruction. We will strive to to make it fun, exciting and engaging for learners as well as medium to improve teacher's self confidence and communication skills outside of the traditional classroom setting”, explains superintedent Dr Tim Undain-Sanchez.
Maluso vice mayor Al-Mashour Yasin expresses his optimism over the local school board's decision in developing this 'RadyoEdukasyon', and gratitude to the Maluso teachers for taking on this challenge as this will certainly help ease the challenge of module learning for learners and parents. He thanks everyone for coming together as a team and like the challenge of the pandemic to go through this challenge as one team Maluso.
Initial broadcast time will include Elementary Science (9.00 to 10.00AM, Tuesday), Elementary English (9.00 to 10.00AM, Wednesday), Elementary Filipino (2.00 to 3.00PM, Monday), Elementary Math (2.00 to 3.00PM, Wednesday) and High School (2.00 to 3.00PM, Thursday).
Under the leadership of mayor Hanie Bud and vice mayor Al Yasin, they enrolled the expansion of the local school board of Maluso with the Synergeia Foundation, and benefitted from its capacity-building program including online planning and sharing of initiatives under the new normal. It was in this session that the 'RadyoEdukasyon' initiative came to mind.
'RadyoEdukasyon' will be hosted by WBA 99.1FM radio station. This radio station is the first pilot project of the Western Basilan Alliance, the first interlocal cooperation in the province, constructed through the “Modelling Inter-LGU Alliance in Basilan” (MILAB) Phase 1 Project and was turned over by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) to the WBA on October 14, 2019. The Local Government of Maluso is managing the radio station in behalf of the alliance.