The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health crisis. It has since affected many sectors,
ultimately changing the way we provide and receive education. Conversations have now shifted from deciding on the postponement of classes to adapting e-learning to avoid hindering the development of students. In the Philippines, one of the challenges is how to make e-learning more inclusive considering the socio-economic background of Filipino students.
Security Bank Foundation recognized this need and pursued a partnership with Edukasyon.ph, one of the country’s top online education platforms. The Foundation is no stranger to education initiatives, having spearheaded major projects such as constructing school buildings, conducting training programs, and providing scholarships to deserving college students.
The partnership allowed Security Bank Foundation to automate its scholarship application process and extend Edukasyon.ph online education platform to its external college scholars. Security Bank Foundation also promoted Edukasyon.ph’s online education platform through the Bank’s Facebook page, e-mails sent to employees and partner schools, as well as targeted communication to its scholars. The online education platform of Edukasyon.ph contains e- learning courses helpful for senior high school and college students.
Security Bank Cards also partnered with Edukasyon.ph to offer Security Bank Mastercard debit and credit cards as payment channels for enrolling to paid e-learning courses on the online education platform. Senior high school and college students of Security Bank cardholders can also access the free specialized e-learning courses—including computer-related, administration, self-development, and writing—from online institutions such as Udemy, Kadenze, and Google Garage.
Security Bank Foundation scholars shared their thoughts on how Edukasyon.ph’s online
education platform helped them become productive during the quarantine. Jay-ar Guyena, an accounting student at De La Salle University said, “Edukasyon.ph has easy access to tertiary programs for online learning. It offers various online learning courses for different undergraduate programs. Education and learning are good. The videos are of high quality, providing substantive knowledge on the topics.”
Other scholars were appreciative to learn skills that could not be found in the resources they had on hand. Karylle Bagui, a financial management student from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines said, “It has been a great experience for me. I enjoyed and acquired new information in a short amount of time. I took the lesson ‘Business English Skills: How to Write Effective Openings and Closings to Emails’. With this lesson, I learned how to write with good email structure. It helped me to write an email appropriately, with right opening and closing words.”
The quality of the programs offered have also been complimented by the scholars. Ivie Azor, a student from the University of the Philippines Diliman taking Business Administration, has associated the quality to Harvard’s online classes. “The Edukasyon.ph online courses can be compared to the free courses offered by Harvard. Most of their discussions were already tackled when I was in senior high school, so I guess this course was more of digging deeper in each terminology and giving complex examples. I commend this platform because, based on the course I chose, it felt like I am in a class.”
Overall, Security Bank Foundation scholars were grateful for the chance to expand learning while in quarantine since adjusting to the new normal has been difficult for many students.
Edukasyon.ph online education platform offers free and paid e-learning courses to senior high school and college students. They can choose from a wide array of topics on Business, Arts and Design, Foreign Language, General Academics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Technology, Lifestyle and Vocational Training, Marketing and Communication, and Health Sciences. Students can access the platform through https://portal.edukasyon.ph/online-ed.
Security Bank Foundation Scholars for Better Communities Scholarship Program provides educational assistance to underprivileged students with exemplary academic potential who plan to study in any of its eight partner schools namely, Ateneo de Manila University, Chiang Kai Shek College, De La Salle University, Far Eastern University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Diliman and University of Santo Tomas. Interested applicants must be incoming college freshmen of School Year 2020-21 and may apply through www.securitybank.com/sustainability/scholars-for-better-communities/
Aside from providing financial assistance, Security Bank Foundation also extends developmental activities to its scholars and offers opportunities to be hired in Security Bank upon graduation.