TATA Consultancy Services, a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, recently launched its goIT Education Program in the Philippines, kicking off with a project in Benguet.
A global initiative that aims to help students improve their technology skills, the goIT program in the Philippines hopes to demystify computer science and encourage students to pursue STEM education and become tomorrow’s technology leaders. The program introduces students to design thinking, digital technologies and agile methodology to develop and prototype solutions that will improve their communities and support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
TCS employees who are delivery heads, system analysts and team leaders from different business units facilitate the program and provide industry context and real-world connections to help students gain a much better understanding of the different IT careers. These TCS employee volunteers share their insights and personal experiences in the IT industry.
The technology firm has partnered with the Department of Education–Cordillera Administrative Region to implement the goIT program in the Cordillera region. The program is now running in 20 schools across six provinces of the Cordillera region, namely Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province and Kalinga.
The three-day program, which is designed for grades 9 and 10 students, started on September 23 with its first school, the Cordillera Regional Science High School in Benguet. The program will run from one division to another within the Cordillera Administrative Region until May 2021. The next set of schools will be from the Baguio City Division.
“True to our vision of promoting quality education for every Filipino, TCS’ goIT program will facilitate the learning of much-needed technological skills. This will further develop the technology skills of our Cordilleran learners and hopefully encourage them to pursue STEM,” May Eclar, regional director of the Department of Education–Cordillera Administrative Region explained.
“It is our hope that we empower Filipino students become future technology leaders who will contribute in transforming businesses and communities,” Arijit Roy, HR Head, TCS Philippines said.
“Apart from teaching the students science and technology skills, they would have to come up with innovative solutions that would alleviate certain problems in their areas such as waste management, calamity control/response, environment preservation, among others. We are excited to see the creative solutions from the students.” Patrick Veril, CSR Manager, TCS Philippines comments.
With DepEd prohibiting face-to-face classes due the ongoing pandemic, the goIT program is done virtually with six facilitators handling one module each. The program maximizes the use of digital platforms and is designed to be interactive and immersive so that students can enjoy and appreciate the online learnings and experience.
goIT is TCS’s flagship student engagement program across North America, LATAM, Europe and the Asia Pacific. It is tailored to meet the specific needs of local communities in each region. The program is estimated to have reached more than 74,000 students worldwide across 22 countries.