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PHINMA Education Brings Education Closer to Filipinos through RAD Learning

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Filipinos are growing more and more accustomed to distance education and studying from home to pursue their schooling.

PHINMA Education is more committed than ever to bring to life its mission of Making Lives Better through providing accessible quality education. 2020 saw PHINMA Education pilot two remote learning models, Flex Learning and Remote and Distance (RAD) Learning, to respond to the needs of different sectors of the market during the pandemic. Flex Learning offers a blended means of studying with distance learning and face-to-face sessions (when allowed by the government). Meanwhile, RAD Learning is a home-based distance learning program that allows students to study and complete only 2 or 3 subjects per month unlike many of the modular learning programs offered by other schools.

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PHINMA Education offers a free SIM card with a monthly allocation of 10GB data to ensure that students get support by virtual coaching

What is RAD Learning?

RAD Learning is a distance learning program of PHINMA Education that is designed to serve students who are unable to regularly go to school.

This largely home-based set-up makes use of printed learning modules supported with remote teacher coaching. These modules are physically sent to students, making quality education more accessible than ever regardless of their location. To ensure that students are given guidance and support in their lessons, teachers are available via social media.

The program offers a friendly and flexible schedule giving students more control over their study time. RAD Learning students take only 2-3 subjects per month. On top of this, PHINMA Education also offers all students with a free SIM card with a monthly allocation of 10GB data to ensure that students get the virtual coaching support they need. This also gives them access to additional educational resources online, and the ability to connect socially with their peers for group performance tasks.

Moreover, RAD Learning students living in distant areas stand to save about Php 2,000 to 3,000 per month on transportation cost and food expenses given the home-based learning program.

What students say about RAD Learning

Students from PHINMA Education’s network of schools share that despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, quality education was still made possible and accessible through PHINMA Education’s RAD Learning program.

Civil Engineering freshman Lovely-Lynn Javier Evangelista from PHINMA-Araullo University shares her appreciation for how RAD Learning allows her to save on time and money alongside being able to study and review materials at her own pace. “[It] offers flexibility for our study routines, saving time and costs since commuting to and from campus is no longer needed.”

The program has also equipped these two PHINMA-Araullo University third year Education students to pursue things that matter to them.

Shaina A. Mandia shares that with RAD Learning, “[there’s no] hindrance to continue my dream and reach my goal of becoming a teacher.” While Jenina Anne Abasta shares how the program allowed her to balance work and home life: “I have been able to continue my studies while taking care of my child, or while doing some housework. It enhanced my time-management skills.”

“A teacher once told us in our group chat that ‘no one should be left behind,’ Niño Olandio Bela-ong fondly recounts how vital remote teaching was for his first year in college. “The teachers helped me feel that I am still a student and that education can be done in different ways as long as we are learning.”

A freshman taking up Civil Engineering at PHINMA-College of Cagayan De Oro, Niño further expresses appreciation for the flexibility the program’s Block System affords, saying that “having four blocks in one semester gives efficient time for students to focus on every subject. For me, it is very helpful for us, especially for the working students.”

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“I’ve encountered a lot of struggles in life, especially with my studies,” recalls PHINMA-University of Iloilo freshman Mylene Ongonion, who lives far from school and usually has poor internet connection. The Hawak Kamay scholar credits the school and its system for bettering herself: “Because of RAD Learning, I learned to study on my own, to manage my time and to improve my critical thinking skills. It made me more motivated and responsible as a student.”

#MakingLivesBetter with RAD Learning

We anticipate that blended learning or a mix of both distance and face-to-face learning will be the new normal in the years to come. Alternatives like RAD Learning have extended possibilities to Filipinos everywhere, allowing students to gain access to PHINMA Education and continue their schooling despite distance and financial constraints.

Whatever the distance or limitations, PHINMA Education aims to continue #MakingLivesBetter by providing quality education that is accessible to every Filipino.

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