The country’s most promising young writers from various schools in Metro Manila recently converged at the Write&Read Workshop, an educational event conducted by Hewlett-Packard Philippines (HP), in partnership with the Department of Education-NCR (DepEd-NCR). A major part in HP’s A+ campaign, the workshop offered talented writers with a series of activities aimed at raising enthusiasm for the two fundamental pillars of education, writing and reading.
The Write&Read Workshop utilized different tools including educational games and hands-on teaching techniques to hone the participants’ creativity in story writing and visual storytelling.
CNN Hero of the Year for 2009 EfrenPeñaflorida, Write&Read program ambassador and guest speaker for the day shared words of wisdom to the attending students: “Listen and Practice- these are the two words I hope will inspire students in their dream to become better writers. Listening to their teachers’ and mentors’ advice is the best way for them to gather knowledge, and giving life to that knowledge through practice is the best path to gather experience,” he says.
The kids enjoyed learning how to write creative stories and draw illustrations through educational and entertaining lectures facilitated by teachers Sheryl Verdadero and Jonathan Nacua. Verdadero, an English III teacher at Quezon City Science High School, taught the students the basic elements of story writing, while Nacua, a visual arts adviser at Maligaya High School and a practicing editorial cartoonist, taught and inspired the students on how to create illustrations for their stories.
Education aided by technology
Combining technology with education, the campaign continues to make reading and writing more interesting for students all over the country. Through the help of effective visual aids created with HP’s Ink Advantage printers, teaching children has become easier, more interesting, and cost-efficient as it lets instructors save both time and resources. The HP Ink Advantage printers also allow students to achieve their full potential through stunning school projects and prints that capture their creativity.
HP Printing and Personal Systems Country Manager Albert Mateo shares his insight on HP’s A+ campaign’s Write&Read program: “As part of the A+ campaign, the Write&Read Workshop reinforces HP’s commitment to improve children’s education through advances in modern technology, helping them realize their dreams and harness their full creative potential,” he says.