US Assistant Secretary of State Visits Local School to Boost e-Learning Program

P&G e.Studyante Connects Beyond Borders


Jose W. Fernandez, US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, recently visited Oranbo Elementary School to lend support to an innovative program that brings technology to public school students to enable them to broaden their horizon and discover the opportunities that the world has to offer.

Fernandez, who was in the country as part of his Asian tour, graced a workshop that taught Grade 6 students about the power of social media, as well as the risks associated with digital engagement. The workshop is part of e.Studyante, an award-winning Procter & Gamble program for education that aims to empower underprivileged public students to seek information to supplement their lessons, as well as explore topics that diversify their interests.

e.Studyante equips students and teachers with tools to improve school performance by complementing traditional methods with additional content and an upgrade in technology. It includes the donation of Samsung laptops that contain e-books from Vibal Publishing to augment the school curriculum. Internet connectivity gives the students and teachers access to vast information to boost discovery and learning. e.Studyante is being implemented in several schools in the country. Robinsons also helped renovate and upgrade the school’s Learning Resource Center with audio-visual equipment to further enhance the school’s current library of educational material.

Fernandez’s visit enlivened the program’s aim to connect Filipino students with the rest of the world. He witnessed how the program encourages a global outlook among the participants and instills hope for a better future. He was impressed by the remarkable progress made by the teachers in creating better learning opportunities for the children with the help of technological tools.

During the visit, Fernandez said, "eStudyante is also a heartwarming example of 'America in the Community,' where a great American company joins forces with Filipino institutions to make a difference for young people. With its 70-year history in the Philippines, P&G's role goes beyond that of just an employer. Its commitment, and connection to local communities is real." Fernandez was joined by officials of program partners, Procter & Gamble Philippines, Robinsons, Vibal and Samsung.