The Department of Science and Technology XI deployed Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS) in the remote area of Taga-Ibo National High School, Barangay Malamba, Marilog District, Davao City last April 25.
Established in 1981, Taga-Ibo National High School is composed of 176 students in elementary and more than a hundred in junior high school, with six teachers and one principal. The school is 45 kilometers (27.81 miles) away from Davao City downtown proper.
STARBOOKS is a user-friendly, stand-alone information source developed to reach those with limited or no access to science and technology information resources, most especially geographically-isolated and economically-challenged schools and communities in the country.
300 gigabytes of data containing hundreds of thousands of digitized science and technology resources were installed in the computer of Mr. Leandero Lucero, Head Principal, for offline consumption of students and teachers.
Learning materials such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and educational toys (from Quota International and DOST XI) were also donated. They will be placed in the reading corner of each classroom.
Lucero thanked DOST XI for the materials, adding “Rest assured that this will be put to good use. This may be the first and hopefully not the last. Thank you.”