Ako Ang Simula awards first Happy Computer Lab

By Roanne Duran, Segment Producer, Ako Ang Simula

Posted at Jul 05 2012 04:16 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2012 12:16 AM

It was nothing short of a town fiesta. Mothers preparing home cooked food. Barangay officials and Department of Education (DepEd) representatives gracing the event. Teachers busy decorating and manning the special program.

Students excited for the big change about to happen in their school.

It has been four weeks since Ako Ang Simula met the students of San Juan Elementary school.  They are the grade five students with computer classes, but no computers. They learn the parts of the computer through drawings and picture cutouts. They practice typing on keyboards made out of cardboard.

These students, along with those of of 19,019 other public elementary schools in the Philippines without computers, are the reason behind Ako Ang Simula’s Happy Computer Caravan. In coordination with the Department of Education, Happy Computer aims to provide computer units to schools like San Juan Elementary.

What started as a simple computer drive turned into a full blast bayanihan of donors. Within the first week since Ako Ang Simula called out for donations, there were endless inquiries from people who wanted to take part in the project. Social media became a tool to make the callout viral. Individuals, families, OFWs, schools and companies started sending in their donations. Even donors from the provinces were able to send computer units for free through JRS Express.

Week after week, donations poured in. Some were brand-new, some second-hand. All were given in hope of improving the quality of education in impoverished public elementary schools.

Then came the day when the San Juan Elementary students’ dream of having real computers came true.