In honor of International Youth Day, Lenovo PH is partnering with youth organizations all throughout Asia Pacific to provide future-ready tech skills and access to technology to underprivileged youth.
Among the partners of the tech company are TNS India Foundation (TNSIF), Code Like A Girl in Australia and New Zealand, Waffle in Japan, and “Solve Education!” in markets across ASEAN, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The youth sector comprises one-third of the Philippine population and according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the country has one of the youngest populations in Southeast Asia.
Solve Education! is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people worldwide receive a quality education.
Solve Education! produces educational programs that combines gaming. These platforms offer English language, math, and essential life skill education, all targeted toward educating kids in the fundamentals.
“While education is fundamentally a human right, many Filipino children are deprived of the opportunity to learn and grow,” said Michael Ngan, president and general manager of Lenovo PH.
Ngan noted that the COVID-19 pandemic and transition to distance learning exposed the inequalities in access to education.
“The pandemic has further highlighted the gaps when it comes to access to education. Especially with the transition to virtual learning. Many of the available free courses and applications online are in English, which is why our efforts have a greater focus on English literacy. We are excited to continue our collaboration with Solve Education! and help change the lives of more Filipino youth through technology,” Ngan added.
According to Social Weather Stations about four to ten Filipino students do not have any instruments needed for distance learning.
The Department of Education launched blended learning for the 2020–2021 academic years in response to the COVID–19 pandemic.
Based on the same report, the Philippines scored the highest percentage of learning poverty in Asia.