As a part of the new K-12 curriculum, a program that regularizes the educational system of the Philippines to that of global standard, schools are now required to roll out the senior high school program. It aims to train students on specializing certain fields of their interest. From technology to arts to hospitality, students were given a glimpse of the possible careers that they can pursue in the future.
Pedro E. Diaz High School (PEDHS) in Muntinlupa City, while classified as a technical school, lacks the necessary facilities to conduct computer courses, which is one of the specializations that they are currently offering.
Pedro E. Diaz High School Students trying out their new computer units
Meryl, one of the Grade 9 students who is taking computer classes, shares the difficulties that they face when it comes to their hands on activities. “The computer units are not enough for us. We only have limited time to work on our drills at school, and sharing the computer with four or five group mates makes it more difficult. Some of us would have to rent computers outside of school just so we can work on our projects and activities. It was hard,” she said.
Hearing stories such as Meryl’s was one of the many reasons why SYKES chose Pedro E. Diaz High School to be the beneficiary of its CSR activity during the company’s site launch in Muntinlupa. And last November 25, SYKES finally turned over its donations to the school, which consist of 50 computer units and a refurbished computer laboratory.
SYKES Cares Volunteers, SYKES Career Selfie Graduates, and Pedro E. Diaz Staff, together with Mr. Dean Van Ormer
As a part of the turnover ceremony, the staff and students of PEDHS prepared a short program to celebrate the school’s new milestone. Performances from PEDHS’ chorale and angklung ensemble welcomed the SYKES volunteers and the company’s Vice President for Area Operations, APAC, Mr. Dean Van Ormer.
“We couldn’t be any happier with these donations. This would truly help our students to better perform and learn in their computer classes,” said Ms. Rochelle Jimenez, PEDHS’ Division Adopt-a-School Coordinator.
Mr. Dean Van Ormer sharing his message for the students of Pedro E. Diaz High School
Mr. Dean Van Ormer also graced the stage, giving a short speech for the students and staff of the school. “SYKES has always been an advocate of providing quality education to students, and we hope that through this donation, you would be one step closer to receiving the education that you need,” he said. “We are glad to extend our help to your school and we look forward to working with you again in the future,” he added.
Pedro E. Diaz High School students using their new computer units
Meanwhile, students have also expressed their gratitude towards the donation. “I am more than excited for these facilities. I’m very thankful that SYKES chose us because we’re really having a hard time at school. I am looking forward to using these new facilities and I know that this would be a great start for us to learn better,” shares Alyssa, a Grade 9 student taking up computer classes.
SYKES is committed to providing support for the community through various company initiated events and programs. SYKES CARES, the company’s corporate social responsibility arm, together with SYKES Career Selfie Program, an internal training session that helps employees train for other fields like IT and accounting, have spearheaded and facilitated the donation for Pedro E. Diaz High School as a part of the company’s opening activities for its newest site in Alabang.