Text2Teach is a learning package that uses mobile technology to download education videos for Grades 5 and 6 students in the subject areas of English, Math, Science and Values Education.

At a Glance

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  • Non-governmental organization (NGO)


8F 111 Paseo de Roxas Building
Paseo de Roxas corner
Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village
Makati City 1229

T : (02) 717-5800
E : text2teach.ph@gmail.com

Organization Mission

The mission of text2teach is to make a significant contribution to the quality of teaching and learning in underserved schools and communities in the Philippines.

Its objectives are to 1) use advanced mobile communications technology for education; 2) encourage cooperation among the public, private and civil society sectors at the local and global levels; and 3) complement the indigenous curriculum with high quality educational content delivered through a mobile network, and with integrated teacher training.

Area of Focus

At the minimum, text2teach directly benefits public elementary school students in grade 5 and 6 every year. Additional ancillary beneficiaries include (depending on the particular circumstances of each school) students in grade 4, school heads and teachers in the public school system.

PHASE 1: Bridgeit-Text2Teach Pilot Phase (2003-2005)

BridgeIT is a global program conceptualized in 2003 by Nokia, Pearson, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The program’s aim is to deliver educational video materials to schools by combining satellite, television, and mobile technology. BridgeIT pilot-tested the project in the Philippines because of the country’s robust mobile technology infrastructure and the Filipinos’ extensive use of mobile phones.  The Philippine pilot came to be known as Text2Teach.

The project was first introduced to 81 schools in Quezon City, Manila, Batangas, Laguna, Cotabato City, Oriental Mindoro, Calapan City, Antique and Cagayan de Oro.

PHASE 2: ELSA-Text2Teach USAID-funded (2005-2007)

In 2005, SEAMEO INNOTECH, a member of the Education and Livelihood Skills Alliance (ELSA), and Ayala Foundation introduced Text2Teach to 124 public schools in Mindanao. New videos and teachers’ guides were developed to include Grade 5 and 6 English, Math and Science. This was funded by USAID.  The areas covered were Maguindanao, and North and South Cotabato.

PHASE 3: Nokia Education Delivery (NED) Phase (2008-2011)

Nokia provided a grant of P27 million to be matched 1:1 by the local alliance, to expand Text2Teach to 350 new schools. Local project management was transferred to AFI with Nokia, AFI, Globe Telecom, DepEd and SEAMEO INNOTECH composing the local alliance. The Nokia Education Delivery (NED) technology was introduced.

PHASE 4: Towards Sustainability (2011-2014)

The members of the national alliance are: Nokia Corporation, Globe Telecom, Pearson Foundation, DepEd and AFI.  Each member has set roles detailed from the start.

Phase 4 covers the following components: 1) review and enhance existing Text2Teach education materials; 2) develop and produce new videos and teachers guides; 3) train trainers and teachers; 4) expand to 850 new schools; 5) upgrade the satellite and media master schools to NED as needed; and 6) evaluate the program.

New downloadable educational materials on English, Math, Science and Values will be developed, with the last to be contributed by the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation (RMAF).

The Nokia Data Gathering (NDG) software will also be implemented as a means of providing an efficient and cost-effective way of monitoring the usage and impact of Text2Teach in schools.
Text2Teach, on its Phase 4 of implementation, has concluded with 876 connected schools. To date, we have reached a total of 1,433 schools since 2003, we have trained a total of 7,165 teachers and reached approximately 300,000 students.
PHASE 5: Mainstreaming (2015-2016)

Due to the accomplishments that Text2Teach has proven over the years, Text2Teach alliance pushes to mainstream it to our education system within 2 years (2015-2016). In 2014, a new partnership is formed among Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government, Microsoft, Globe Telecom, Ayala Foundation and Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines to mainstream Text2Teach in all public elementary schools by expanding the reach on a national scale, reaching 22,000 public elementary schools or 203 DepEd divisions. The alliance will continue to enhance the learning experience of children in our country by advocating it to all our local government units nationwide, with the help of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), and capacitate our local Department of Education through a workshop that will operationalize the knowledge transfer of the Text2Teach system to the local Department of Education.