COVID-19 is not just a health crisis, it has since affected many sectors including education, ultimately changing the way we provide and receive schooling. Conversations have now shifted from class suspensions to the adoption of e-learning. But a common challenge is making e-learning inclusive considering the socio-economic background of Filipino students.
To help address the problem, Security Bank Foundation pursued a partnership with Edukasyon.ph, one of the country’s top online education platforms, to provide e-learning access to displaced students.
The Foundation is no stranger to education initiatives, having spearheaded major projects such as the construction of school buildings, conducting training programs, and providing scholarships to deserving college students.
The partnership allowed Security Bank Foundation to automate its scholarship application process and extend Edukasyon.ph online education platform to its external college scholars.
SBFI promoted Edukasyon.ph’s online education platform through the Bank’s various channels as well as through communications to its scholars.
Ivie Azor, a student from the University of the Philippines Diliman, complimented the program. “The Edukasyon.ph online courses are comparable with the free courses offered by Harvard. They tackled the discussions in senior high school already, so it was more of digging deeper and giving complex examples,” she said.
Security Bank Cards also partnered with Edukasyon.ph to offer Security Bank Cardholders access to their paid courses through its platform.
Senior high school and college students of cardholders can access the free specialized e-learning course from online institutions such as Udemy, Kadenze, and Google Garage.
Jay-ar Guyena, an accounting student at De La Salle University found the partnership as beneficial saying, “Edukasyon.ph has easy access to tertiary programs for online learning. It offers various online learning courses for different undergraduate programs.”
Overall, Security Bank Foundation scholars were grateful for the chance to expand learning while in quarantine since adjusting to the new normal has been difficult for many students.
Security Bank Foundation Scholars for Better Communities Scholarship Program provides educational assistance to underprivileged students with exemplary academic potential who plan to study in any of its eight partner schools — Ateneo de Manila University, Chiang Kai Shek College, De La Salle University, Far Eastern University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Diliman and University of Santo Tomas.
Interested applicants must be incoming college freshmen of School Year 2020-21 and may apply through www.securitybank.com/sustainability/scholars-for-better-communities/.
Aside from providing financial assistance, Security Bank Foundation also extends developmental activities to its scholars and offers opportunities to be hired in Security Bank upon graduation.
Edukasyon.ph online education platform offers free and paid e-learning courses to senior high school and college students. They can choose from a wide array of topics on Business, Arts and Design, Foreign Language, General Academics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Technology, Lifestyle and Vocational Training, Marketing and Communication, and Health Sciences. Students can access the platform through https://portal.edukasyon.ph/online-ed.
Security Bank is one with the nation in providing e-learning access to Filipinos through partnerships with Edukasyon.ph, 88Tuition and Knowledge Channel. The bank is with every Filipino in overcoming the pandemic and believes that “together, we can get better.”