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LINK.exe West Visayas State University, Iloilo City

• BPI Special Award

Chain of Change (Education): The organization responded to the need for hands-on training on basic computer programs for public high school students.  They noticed that even if the public high schools are given computers for their use, sometimes the teachers themselves aren’t well equipped to teach students how to use them. They have the theoretical knowledge, but may not be aware of the practical applications of their computer programs. LINK.exe is not only trying to bridge the digital divide for these public school students, they are educating students to be globally ready and armed with computer skills.

Linked Up!: Institute of Information and Communications Technology of the West Visayas State University

The TAYO Connection: Paul Dennee Monicimpo, the LINK.exe representative, found out about TAYO during a National Youth Commission talk years before he joined the organization. They tried to send an entry for TAYO 7, but they were not able to meet the deadline.

As we live in a digital age, it isn’t enough to know what a tweet is or how to connect to Facebook. Basic computer skills are de rigueur in all professional settings. These skills have to be developed early on and nurtured by practice. What will happen then if you’re a public high school student who has limited access to computers, or worse, has only read books on how a computer works?

Link.Exe is bringing students up to speed with basics of Word and even with multimedia programs such as Flash and Photoshop. “Bringing Youth Technology Empowerment” (BYTE for short) was launched in 2006 and has been implemented annually. The project promotes computer literacy by conducting training sessions and tutorials based on the needs of students in underserved schools and communities.  For the academic year of 2009-2010, students of the Sta. Barbara National Comprehensive High School benefitted from the lessons. They are also serving a school in Antique and 4 in Iloilo City.

In only 4 years time, LINK.exe has successfully reached out to 7 public high schools, sharing their knowledge—from basic skills in Microsoft Office and Internet use to advanced programs such as Macromedia Flash Animation, Adobe Photoshop and Web Design. In sharing their talents, the members of LINK.exe have not only shared more opportunities to underprivileged students but also inspired them to express themselves in new ways. Some students were also able to discover more practical applications for their learning, marketing their services as lay-out artists and graphic designers.

LINK.exe is a school-based organization under the Institute of Information and Communications Technology of the West Visayas State University. With a mission to “enrich, uphold, generate and serve”, LINK.exe envisions “to become one of the most accomplished organizations in the Philippines by 2015.” Furthermore, LINK.exe has been recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Organizations within the university for 3 consecutive years.

Converting the TAYO prize: They will be using it to buy hardware and original software for their program.

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adminLINK.exe West Visayas State University, Iloilo City