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Students and teachers at Magdaup National High School in Brgy. Magdaup, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, celebrated a major milestone as the school received a brand new digital S&T library from the Department of Science and Technology—Regional Office No. IX (DOST-IX).

The library, which is known as Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) from the DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), features a wide range of e-books, research journals, educational videos, and interactive learning resources. It was based on the school’s proposed project of partnering with the DOST-IX through the Provincial Science and Technology Office—Zamboanga Sibugay Province (PSTO-ZSP) to promote digital literacy and enhance learning opportunities for students.

According to the school's principal, Carmelita G. Siano, STARBOOKS will provide students with access to a vast array of educational materials that were previously unavailable to them. "We are so grateful to the government agency for this project," said Ms. Siano. "Our students will now have the opportunity to explore and learn in ways that were previously unimaginable."

The school's teachers were also excited about the new resource, as it will allow them to incorporate more interactive and engaging lesson plans into their classrooms. "The digital library is a game-changer for us," said Mr. Jimmy Kho, the project leader and a teacher at the school. "It will allow us to bring a whole new level of excitement and engagement to our lessons."

The DOST, which has provided similar assistance to schools across the region, was thrilled to see the positive reactions during the turnover ceremony. "We are committed to providing learners, as well as educators, with the resources and support they need," said Ms. Jennifer A. Pidor, Provincial S&T Director of PSTO-ZSP. "We are thrilled to see in the coming days how STARBOOKS will be put to such good use here at Magdaup National High School."

A hands-on demo for STARBOOKS users (i.e., learners and educators) and an orientation on the administrative functions for the designated Information Technology (IT) capable personnel of the school were also conducted on the same day. Moreover, PSTO-ZSP also committed to donate over twenty (20) S&T books and learning materials to the school's learning center, which was turned over on 25 October 2022.

With the addition of STARBOOKS and other learning materials, Magdaup National High School is well-positioned to continue providing its students with quality education for years to come.

For more information, please contact the DOST-IX Provincial Science and Technology Office in Zamboanga Sibugay Province at (062) 955-0825 or 09178494214. And to be updated on the latest happenings, please follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DOSTRegion9 (John Kenneth D. Cabral, DOST-IX Press Release).

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Regional Office No. IX
2nd Flr. Limbo Bldg., Sanson St. cor. Roxas St., Barangay San Francisco, Pagadian City
Tel.: (062) 947-3894