UP NISMED Collaborates with The People of Japan through UNICEF Philippines to Provide Young Learners with Digital Science and Mathematics Stories and Apps

Mr. Chihiro Kanno, First Secretary from the Embassy of Japan, and Ms. Maria Melizza Tan, Officer-In-Charge of Education of UNICEF Philippines, turn over 52 units of Samsung tablets pre-loaded with digital science and mathematics stories and apps to SDO Valenzuela City, represented by Mr. Meliton Zurbano, the Schools Division Superintendent.


The UP National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED) through the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Mathematics Education and Research (FPSMER), Inc. collaborated with the People of Japan, through UNICEF Philippines, to provide K to 3 learners of the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Office (SDO) of Valenzuela City with digital science and mathematics stories and apps. The project aims to increase the access of disadvantaged young learners to quality resources that popularize science and mathematics. On 10 February 2023, the grant donor, the People of Japan, represented by Mr. Chihiro Kanno, First Secretary from the Embassy of Japan and UNICEF Philippines, represented by Ms. Maria Melizza Tan, Officer-In-Charge of Education of UNICEF Philippines turned over 52 units of Samsung tablets pre-loaded with digital science and mathematics stories and apps to SDO Valenzuela City, represented by Mr. Meliton Zurbano, the Schools Division Superintendent.

Under this project, the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Mathematics Education and Research (FPSMER), Inc. commissioned UP NISMED to provide digital science and mathematics stories and apps that are aligned with the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum set by the DepEd. UP NISMED also developed resource guides where teachers and learners could easily access the learning materials. These guides contain relevant information about the different resources, including the source links, curriculum entry points, short summaries, and screenshots of the actual resources. The resource guides for science and mathematics stories and apps were installed in the tablets that were distributed to four recipient schools during the turnover ceremony held at the Center for the Performing Arts Auditorium of Valenzuela City. The four schools, namely, Roberta De Jesus Elementary School, Gen. T. De Leon Elementary School, Pio Valenzuela Elementary School, and Marulas Central School, serve as the school communities’ learning nooks, where K to 3 learners can access the digital science and mathematics stories and apps.

SDO Valenzuela teachers and school leaders together with the guests during the ceremonial turnover of the tablets donated by the People of Japan through UNICEF Philippines.



School leaders and teachers of the recipient schools witness the ceremonial turnover.


SDO Valenzuela teachers listen intently as the Chair of UP NISMED’s Elementary School Mathematics Group discusses one of the mathematics stories in the resource guide.


Also present during the turnover ceremony was Councilor of District 1 of Valenzuela City, Ms. NiƱa Sheila Lopez, who gave a welcome message to the participants composed of teachers, school heads, education supervisors, and other education stakeholders. Mr. Nicholas Tenazas, an Education Specialist from UNICEF Philippines provided the background of the project that highlighted the challenges and the current state of education in the Philippines, and the project’s role in achieving learning recovery. Dr. Sheryl Lyn Monterola, the Director of UP NISMED, provided a walkthrough of the contents of the resource guides that were pre-loaded in the tablets.

The project also included a training in using stories and apps in teaching early grades science and mathematics. During the training, UP NISMED Elementary School Science Group’s Chair, Mr. Rolando M. Tan, discussed how to use stories in teaching. During his session, he presented a sample daily learning log (DLL) that integrated the use of one of the elementary science/health stories included in the resource guide. Ms. Dana M. Ong also presented a sample DLL that integrated the use of one of the elementary mathematics stories in the resource guide. Ms. Edna G. Callanta on the other hand, talked about using apps in teaching. Ms. Callanta presented a sample DLL that integrated the use of one of the elementary mathematics apps in the resource guide. Ms. Loise Angelica G. Oruga also presented another sample DLL that integrated the use of one of the elementary science/health apps.

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