The NBA is helping out one of the most fanatical basketball nations in the world off the court through its collaboration with Smart’s flagship education program for the Philippines, School-in-a-Bag.
Through NBA Cares, the School-in-a-Bag program will distribute pocket WiFi devices, laptops, and tablets to 20 schools across 16 cities and provinces in the country, boosting a struggling education system currently last in the world to ease into face-to-face classes.
Batanes, Benguet, Bulacan, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Nueva Ecija, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, and Romblon will be the recipient provinces in Luzon, Biliran and Siquijor in Visayas, and Agusan del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Surigao del Norte, and Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao.
“Education in the Philippines has changed dramatically as schools across the country continue engaging with students remotely,” said NBA Asia managing director Scott Levy in a virtual ceremony.
“Through NBA Cares, we’re proud to support our valued partner Smart and their School-in-a-Bag program, which delivers an innovative and sustainable approach to enhancing the distance learning experience for Filipino youth.”
The School-in-a-Bag program affirms the commitment to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically by providing access to quality education in the Philippines.
“Our collaboration with the NBA allows us to give more children in remote communities more opportunities to pursue their passion and purpose, and a fighting chance for a better future,” said Smart CEO Al Panlilio.
The collaboration builds on the NBA’s existing presence in the Philippines with the NBA Philippines website, the NBA League Pass subscription service, and the broadcasting of NBA TV Philippines. – Rappler.com