Project WiFi gives poor students Internet access

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) — As schools adapt to blended and online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a growing concern over the widening gap regarding access to educational resources among students.

Project WiFi, formed by a group of working Law students, seeks to address that gap by sponsoring WiFi pockets to students who do not have access to the internet.

Peachy Garcia, the project's co-founder, noted that the initiative started from their first-hand struggles with online learning, after most parts of the country were placed under the community quarantine.

"It's our own personal struggles as Law students that inspired us to promote this project," Garcia told CNN Philippines' New Day.

"Knowing our first-hand struggles with connecting to the internet, we realized we wanted to adopt scholars from our own personal funds at the start to enable them to continue access to the education through the internet," she said.

A student, a parent, a teacher, or anyone who wishes to nominate a student can fill out the application form on or before June 10 and present proof of enrollment from any school which has converted to online learning.

Sponsors may either contribute to a student's whole semester access for ₱3,999 or pay for the WiFi device at ₱999.

"We are appealing to the hearts of our kind donors. The applicants are students from the provinces, some are working students at a very young age," Garcia said.

Project WiFi will sponsor at least 50 students for the incoming semester, she added.

The names of the beneficiaries will be released on June 15.

The Department of Education previously reported that almost six million students have enrolled in public and private schools for the 2020-21 academic year.

The department earlier advised schools to conduct online and blended learning for the incoming school year, including the use of resources from TV, radio, and modules in print and digital format.

To sponsor or nominate a student, visit Project WiFi's Facebook and Instagram page for more details.