Philippines-based telecommunications company Globe Telecom has allocated PHP 9.4 million for the fourth phase of teaching programme Text2Teach, which is scheduled for completion in 2014. The amount covers mobile voice and data requirements of 850 public elementary in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Text2Teach has been aiding in improving the performance of students all over the country, particularly in Math Science, English and Values Education through downloadable educational videos using Nokia mobile phones and Globe internet connection. Text2Teach recipient schools also get a 29-inch coloured TV, three-day teacher training and teachers' guides. Under Text2Teach, Globe has offered schools with its 3G mobile service to download content and discounted Sim cards, which allows teachers to use them for communications at 50 percent off the regular call and text rates.
Globe Telecom shared its nine-year Text2Teach mobile education initiative with GSMA, which is conducting a week-long visit in the Philippines to discuss mEducation opportunities particularly in underserved areas with limited connectivity. During the GSMA workshop, Globe presented information on its education-related activities and areas where the company can make further contributions. The workshop also tackles insights and future possibilities in the area of mEducation both in global and local education context as well as the challenges, needs and areas where mobile might be a part of. The mEducation programme is the result of cooperation among the GSMA, Philippines Department of Education (DepEd), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), along with mobile carriers Digitel Mobile Philippines (DMPI), Globe Telecom and Smart Communications for the mEducation initiative.