PONCE – Aware of the great need that students have in the face of the challenges of distance education that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, the Sor Isolina Ferré Centers (CSIF) delivered tablets to students from their alternative schools in Ponce, Caimito and Guayama who did not have this important tool to complete their studies.
“This initiative, indicated María de Lourdes López, director of the CSIF’s Alternative Education program, was possible thanks to the contribution of funds from the Alliance for Alternative Education and the Liberty Foundation.” About 100 CSIF students who did not have the technological equipment, who were identified through the evaluation of their teachers, received tablets and an Internet connection to facilitate access to the platforms that students will be using during the academic year.
CSIF students began their courses virtually since last March, as soon as the closure of the schools was decreed, since the academic institution had the services of the New Virtual School (NEV) platform, which that gave way to a rapid activation of the classes so as not to affect the academic performance of the students. According to the director of education, the participants of the three CSIF schools will be completing their first semester 2020 – 2021 through the online modality, receiving their classes from teachers and other experts.
This type of study has allowed young people to have access to talks and conferences of personalities in various fields, such as the case of the journalist Aixa Vázquez from WAPA TV-Noticentro 4. Vázquez offered a virtual talk to the students of the journalism class of the Alternative Higher School where he talked about his experiences and trajectory in the field of communications.
“Social distancing and the changes in the way that Puerto Rican children and youth have begun to take their courses has given space to complement the courses with external resources such as Aixa Vázquez for the training of future generations of Puerto Rico,” said López, Director of the CSIF Education Program. As indicated, in order to ensure the safety of the students, and in compliance with the executive order, the students did not go to the institutions to collect their devices; the tablets were given to her parents.