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DOST deploys STARBOOKS in Valencia

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:00 PM    Views : 763by:Jennifer C. Tilos
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DOST Provincial Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon (center, in blue shirt) with teachers of the nine beneficiary schools in Valencia, Negros Oriental during the turnover ceremony. (SG/PIA Negros Oriental)

NEGROS ORIENTAL, March 9 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here has turned over Friday nine units of “library in a box” to public elementaty and junior high schools in the municipality of Valencia.

The nine beneficiaries include Balugo Elementary School, Bong-ao Elementary School, Bongbong Elementary School, Malaunay Elementary School, Palinpinon Elementary School, Valencia Central Elementary School, Balugo National High School, Pulangbato National High School and Valencia National High School.

STARBOOKS or Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated KioskS, the first Philippine S&T digital library, is a stand-alone information source designed to bring science and technology information to the grassroots.

It aims to provide science and technology-based educational and learning resources in various formats to geographically-isolated schools and local government units throughout the country as well as enhance the educational competence of students in its beneficiary schools.

“The purpose of STARBOOKS is to reach and assist learners in the grassroots and to improve the learning environment of the school," said Atty. Gilbert Arbon, provincial director of DOST. 

Arbon said students, teachers, and parents will be able to get relevant information such as investigatory projects, K-12 learning materials, DOST technologies and other publications, among others, in a blessing and turnover ceremony.

The event was conducted at Valencia Central Elementary School and attended by around 150 participants from school heads, teachers, and students.

STARBOOKS is deployed in over 4,760 sites nationwide including 66 sites in Negros Oriental.

Interesed institutions may avail of the said project through DOST-STII (www.stii.dost.gov.ph) or visit the nearest DOST regional/provincial office in the area. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

Source: https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1035922

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