550 High School Students in Zamboanga City Are Now Linked to World Wide Web

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ZAMBOANGA CITY a" Some 550 students of a high school here now have access to internet-connected computers which provide them with a pathway to the boundless world of cyberspace.

The computers link the Talisayan National High School to the World Wide Web through a satellite-based internet connection that allows the students to conduct research, create e-mail accounts and communicate with other students throughout the world.

On behalf of the US government, Ambassador Christopher Hill, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, turned over the computers to the schoolas Parent-Teacher-Community Association (PTCA).

The school received 10 internet-connected computers, software, a printer, ebooks on computers and the internet, and other resource materials.

In addition, some teachers of the school will receive training in utilizing materials from the internet to enrich classroom instruction.

"The Internet connection is a gateway for students to take them beyond the borders of their community, even beyond their country, and to any destination in the world," said Ambassador Hill. He said that people with access to information and communications technology have real advantages when it comes to competing for educational and economic opportunities.

Ambassador Hill was accompanied by Secretary Jesus Dureza, Presidential Advisor for the Peace Process, US ChargA[c] daAffaires Paul Jones, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric John, USAID Mission Director Jon Lindborg, USAID Economic Growth Advisor Robert Barnes and Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat. …