Tondo pilot school gets 340 XO laptops

The Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School (MLQES) pilot school in Tondo, Manila recently acquired 340 more XO laptop units from Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines as part of the company’s e.Styudante program.

The donation will give more than 1,000 Grades 4, 5, and 6 students of MLQES more access to laptops, allowing richer enhancement of their classroom learning.

The e.Studyante program provides beneficiary schools child-friendly laptops from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Association, Internet connectivity from Smart, and training and technical assistance in the use of the laptops from eKindling, e.Studyante’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Education Program Design provider.

Last December, e.Studyante provided MLQ with 40 XO laptops and one year free Internet connection from Smart. The school now has an e.Studyante computer classroom which is shared by students from Grades 4 to 6.

“With the XO laptop, children have the tool for creative expression and empowered learning. And with the connectivity that e.Studyante also provides through our partner Smart, students also have real-time access to the world’s knowledge. The laptop and Internet connection become tools that expand students’ horizons and enable them to have a brighter future,” said Chad Sotelo, P&G country marketing manager.

Sotelo said the program goes beyond the laptop donation as the program also involves the training of the teachers, providing tech support, and tracking of benchmarks, among others.

The XO laptop is a learning tool created expressly for children. Designed by industry and academe experts, it is rugged, requires low power and also has wireless broadband that, among other things, allows them to work as an ad-hoc network. Each laptop can talk to its nearest neighbors, creating a local area network even if there are no routers nearby.

It also comes with software tools and content such as Paint, EToys, where children can explore their ideas by creating models, simulations, and games complete with text, graphics, sound, and video, and TamTam Jam, a program that shows simple yet sophisticated ways to perform music.

“We are very happy with the success of the program so far and we would like to thank Filipinos that have contributed to this success through their purchase of P&G products,” Sotelo said.

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