Computer Literacy and Internet Connection (CLIC) Project
What is CLIC?
USAID-GEM’s Computer Literacy and Internet Connection (CLIC) Project supports the efforts of the Philippine Government to introduce and/or expand internet and computer education in high schools. The CLIC Project assists partner schools in the ARMM and other conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, by providing computers, high-speed internet connections, printers and related teacher training.
The Objectives of the CLIC Project:
- Strengthen classroom learning and instruction; and
- Link students and teachers to a wide array of global information and individuals from other regions and countries.
A CLIC partner school is supported through the following:
- Provision of up to ten desktop computers, a printer, basic software, and Local Area Network;
- High-speed, broadband internet connection;
- Training for selected teachers and PTCA members on the use and maintenance of computers and how to access information and learning resources through the internet;
- Assistance in mobilizing community support and resources to help sustain the operations of internet-connected computer facilities;
- Assistance in developing the capability to perform regular maintenance and basic repair services for both hardware and software;
- Assistance in establishing internet-based activities and programs such as school-sponsored chat rooms and e-groups;
- Assistance in developing and implementing plans to ensure the sustainability of the computers and internet connections.
What schools qualify as CLIC partners?
All high schools in the ARMM and other conflict-affected areas of Mindanao are eligible to be CLIC partner schools provided they have access to stable electricity supply and the schools’ PTCAs are willing and able to establish and sustain the program. The following are required from CLIC partner schools and partner PTCAs:
- A PTCA resolution confirming willingness to pay the cost of internet subscriptions after the first 12 months. This subscription, which will be the responsibility of the school PTCA after the first year, can cost the PTCA from PhP 1,000 to 3,500 per month, depending on the area.
- Provision of up to ten desktop computers, a printer, basic software, and Local Area Network.
- Agreement of the PTCA to pay all costs associated with repair and maintenance after the expiration of warranties.
- The assignment by the school of two teachers to supervise the computer room and agreement by the school to make the teachers available for necessary training on the use of computers and the internet
- The assignment of two staff for training in computer operation, repair and maintenance.
- The preparation of a detailed sustainability plan to ensure that internet access is maintained after the initial 12-month subscription provided by GEM expires. The plan may include opening the computer laboratory to the community for a fee, after school hours and on weekends.
View CLIC Factsheet and Application Forms.