Lenovo, Microsoft launch program to help schools prepare for e-learning

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2020 04:24 PM

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MANILA -- Lenovo has collaborated with Microsoft for a program that is designed to help schools in the Philippines transition to e-learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the EdVision program, pioneer schools in the Philippines will be given free access to online resources, as well as complimentary or subsidized access to the latest education technologies. 

A number of partner schools will also be invited to join the EdVision Summit and receive a "classroom makeover" and subsidy for "smart classroom deployment and support in faculty education."

"Technology education is vital to securing the future careers of today's students, and the future economy of the Philippines. Students in school today will enter into careers that have yet to be imagined -- meaning that the fundamental structure of education is also 
changing," Lenovo Philippines president and general manager Michael Ngan said during a recent virtual briefing.

Microsoft Philippines country general manager Andres Ortola, for his part, said: "We've worked closely with academic institutions across the globe to quickly enable remote learning and now we're focused on enabling innovation and transformation to prepare them for what comes next."

"This partnership with Lenovo will power personalized learning that will empower the future members of the workforce with the skills and tools they will need to achieve more and succeed. We are investing in education now and for the future," he added. 

The EdVision program will begin in the Philippines, followed by Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. 

When asked how schools are "selected" for the program, Ngan replied: "We really don't select schools. The EdVision program is open to all schools who are willing to partner with Lenovo."

Meanwhile, Lenovo Philippines has experienced a surge in sales for its products as work-from-home and online learning arrangements continue amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

"The demand actually surged in the last couple of months, even before the announcement of the flexible learning by the Department of Education. We've actually seen the inquiries and the sales rising and I think the trend will continue," Ngan said, not giving exact figures.

"I think it's part of the new normal. Everybody, whether you're studying or working from home, all of our activities are being done online," he added.