The Rotary Club of Ladner and Rotary World Help Canada donated the first in Asia: dust-proof and bullet proof Asian Ruggedized Education System (ARES) offline server system which includes educational packages, videos, tools and various digital educational resources to Imus National High School.
Rotary World Help Canada President Bonnie Sutherland and Director Elena Agala and President Elect of the Rotary Club of Ladner Bridget Jacob, together with Engr. Eric Go, Inspiring President of Rotary Club of Imus (PCI) and RCI Champion President Rose Baguio, facilitated the donation of ARES which aims to provide quality and innovative education without the use of internet connection or Wi-Fi to Imus National High School under the leadership of Mr. Arturo P. Rosaroso Jr., Principal IV of INHS, and supervision of Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Rosemarie D. Torres.
Agala shared her initiative to build the ARES project in the Philippines while Jacob said that “helping others to change for a better world” is one of the primary goals of Rotary Club and at the same time, building connections between Canada and the Philippines.
ARES is comprised of resources ranging from pre-school to post-graduate, including thousands of videos and books, the whole Khan Academy curriculum, STEM resources, 300 Ted Talks and the immense Wikipedia library.
Since the resources are available online, lessons can be accessed not only by the students of the INHS but also by other stakeholders who will open the said link. Through this, the administration believes that available resources will surely help the learners, teachers, parents and other stakeholders continue learning even at home. In some way, the ITS also asks other teachers to share their localized learning materials they used in their classes as additional resources.
RCI Life Changing President and INHS principal said that the school is beyond blessed for having the first ARES in the Philippines, and in Asia. The ARES project believes that if one really wants to change the world, he must begin by educating the children.