A LEADING global information-technology, consulting and business-solutions organization, TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) expanded its “goIT” program with another leg of activities in the Western Visayas Region which began in September.
The pandemic did not hamper TCS’ efforts to equip Filipino students—considered digital innovators of tomorrow—with knowledge, skills and experience in digital innovation. This year’s goIT aims to provide learning materials and conduct mentorship sessions with students across the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental, as well as the highly urbanized cities of Bacolod and Iloilo.
The program is TCS’ global community engagement project that instills in students relevant 21st-century skills and knowledge to help them develop innovative solutions beneficial to the local community. It also teaches students ways to build prototype solutions in design thinking, digital technologies and agile methodologies.
The program started upskilling Filipino students from the Cordillera Region in 2020, and was able to engage almost 300 students.
TCS employee-volunteers facilitate goIT activities and mentor students, providing them with industry context and greater insights into real-world scenarios. Each volunteer completes an extensive training on youth psychology, education systems, design thinking and tools for mobile-app development to boost their individual capabilities, as they are being prepared to teach students.
Patrick Veril, TCS Phils. corporate social responsibility head and goIT Philippines lead, shared: “For this year, we are looking at engaging almost 1,000 students. We hope our initiatives will create opportunities for the young generation and pave the way for responsible growth. We take pride in being able to help prepare these students through the goIT for the future.”
Engaging students, teachers
TCS PHILS. recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Education (DepEd)-Western Visayas Region to mark their continued partnership. TCS’ goIT is now set to strengthen the regional community as it builds more technological leaders of tomorrow.
Together with DepEd-Western Visayas, TCS was scheduled to hold a three-day program for Grades 9 and 10 students using modularized content that allows flexibility, scalability and access to all learners. Part of its commitment to ensure efficient implementation of all stages of the program, the firm will also lend its expertise to the Teacher Training Program.
DepEd-Western Visayas Regional Director Dr. Ramir B. Uytico, CESO IV said: “TCS’ goIT program is an important tool to prepare our students as…future contributors and innovators of the Philippines. This is particularly important amid [increasingly demanding workplaces,] where digital skills are even more valued.”
Uytico added: “[We welcome partnerships to support our] goal of producing more champions even in the middle of this challenging educational scenario. TCS is a blessing, as it assists the region in developing among learners [skills in computer science, as well as science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, via goIT].”
“The program is part of TCS’ core principle: Building on Belief, where we stand as one with our clients and the community to deliver their purpose and goal for the benefit of the society,” TCS Phils. Country Head Shiju Varghese said. “[We are] excited to witness another batch of young Filipino students getting the opportunities and resources they deserve and need to hone their talents and skills to drive the country’s future growth.”
As part of the ongoing pandemic preventive measures, goIT will be performed virtually and will be assisted by six facilitators handling a module each.
Embracing the benefits of technology, the program will utilize digital platforms with highly interactive features and immersive projects to enable the students to have a hands-on learning experience.