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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

ChildHope scholars receive School-in-a-Bag, learning kits from MPL Cares and Smart

11/13/2021 01:23:45 AM

Scholars and street children beneficiaries from the ChildHope Philippines Foundation, Inc. (ChildHope) will receive a package that will help them learn soon. This came off the heels of a partnership between PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) in the Philippines.

Smart donated a School-in-a-Bag —containing  a laptop, ten (10) tablets with care pouches and 64GB expandable memory card, a Smart LTE Pocket WiFi with P500 load, and a 64GB USB preloaded with learning contents—to ChildHope through MPL Cares, the CSR program of MPL so that these children can have a good tools they can use in their learning sessions. Aside from that, Smart turned over twenty (20) Learn Smart Kits, each one consisting of a mini-bag with a Smart LTE Pocket WiFi device and a 32GB USB preloaded with educational materials and videos for students and teachers.
“ChildHope believes that children’s rights should be given equal weight and that striking the balance between education and leisure reflects responsibility and true empowerment. This partnership with MPL Philippines, as well as the donations from Smart are concrete examples of institutions working together to support and uplift the welfare of these marginalized children, giving them a chance for a better future,” said Dr. Herbert Carpio, Executive Director at ChildHope.
“This partnership with ChildHope is just a start for MPL Philippines and MPL Cares. We intend to give back to the community and enable youth to have a fruitful childhood, while having access to education,” said Matt Jaron, Head of MPL PH Business Development.
“Education is one of the biggest advocacies of Smart. Our goal is to use technology to bridge the digital divide and give learning communities access to inclusive, quality education. That’s why we at Smart are glad that besides being the official telco partner of MPL, we can also support ChildHope through the MPL Cares program for education. This initiative balances learning and recreation for the youth -- while they are expressing their passions, they are also achieving their fullest potential,” said Stephanie Orlino, AVP for Community Relations at Smart.

These gadgets and learning materials will be part of ChildHope’s KalyEskwela project, a DepEd-accredited Alternative Learning System (ALS) program that uses a mobile van with audiovisual equipment to conduct alternative education sessions and basic literacy and numeracy classes to street children and youth.

Aside from providing the equipment and materials, MPL Season 8 champions Blacklist International also gave inspiring advice to the scholars via Zoom.
“We’re happy to say na dati rin kaming batang kalye na minsan ding nangarap, at natupad. Nakita ko yung video niyo kanina, na School-in-a-Bag, and napakapalad niyo na may ganyan kayo sa generation niyo. I-take advantage natin ang mga pagkakataon na ‘yan para matupad ang mga pangarap niyo. Marami sa inyo nagmo-Mobile Legends. Hindi masama maglaro, basta maging responsable lang tayo,” said Bonn “Bon Chan” Ricaplaza, coach of Blacklist.
Finals MVP Salic “Hadji” Imam added, “Kumain sa tamang oras!” reminding the children to balance health, education, and gaming.
The Smart School-in-a-Bag is part of Smart’s flagship advocacy which aims to provide access to inclusive quality education in basic to tertiary levels, through Information and Communications Technology (ICT), content, pedagogy, and capacity building to ensure that there is #NoLearnerLeftBehind. 

And true enough to their battlecry, Smart and its partners have deployed more than 300 SIABs nationwide during the second half of the present year, reaching more than 4,000 teachers and almost 90,000 students as a result. 

To help the Philippines attain the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with SDG #4: Quality Education as a key area, education continues to be the flagship CSR program of the PLDT group, with a strong emphasis on digital literacy.

For more information on School-in-a-Bag, visit Smart Communities on Facebook or send an email to

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