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News : Globe Hotline Teaches English to Out-of-school Youth
Manila, Philippines, Feb 28, 2014 -- Out-of-school youth in the Philippines can soon learn English using their mobile phones.
This as Globe Telecom introduced its new English Proficiency and Training Hotline during the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The Globe hotline is an Interactive Voice Recording (IVR) that could help young Pinoys learn English so they can be employed in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.
The move is in support of the mEducation initiative of GSM Association which brought together the Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other industry players to create education opportunities for OSY nationwide.
The Globe hotline is currently being pilot-tested at Bagosphere, a social enterprise based in Bago City, Negros Occidental. Bagosphere is funded by Kickstart Ventures, Globe's startup incubator and investment firm.
When the Globe hotline students pass the required English fundamentals, they can opt to join Bagosphere's two-month BPO training program.
"We are leveraging on our expertise in communications and information technology to bring skills and training to the underprivileged sector of society so that they can also have a chance to a brighter future. The key task now is to monitor success of the Globe Hotline solution both in usage and effectiveness in improving the knowledge of our out-of-school youth. Later phases of the project will include expansion of lessons and modules, and usage propagation in the rural areas," said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.
At present, there are 4.2 million out-of-school youth in the Philippines who lack resources, basic skills, and opportunities to improve their standard of living.
Once the Globe Hotline becomes available commercially, Globe mobile service customers can gain convenient access to English training, acquire English fundamentals, and increase their employability. They only need to be equipped with any kind of mobile phone as well as cellular service.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Globe Telecom, commonly known as Globe, is a major provider of telecommunications services in the Philippines.
Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014