This project is intended for Aeta aborigines in Tarlac who were displaced by Mount Pinatubo eruption and lahar deposits. A feasibility study has provided baseline data for justification of this project. Apart from identifying the needs established by the villagers, the feasibility study has included a census of sitios, mapping of their locations from a technical perspective to identify appropriate radio equipment to effect the delivery of the proposed services and an identification of a regional base for linking the communication system during the delivery of the "School of the Air". Four sites (Malasa, Mabilog, San Martin, and Mainang) were selected as target communities.
At present, learning modules for preschool children of ages 4-6 and their parents are being prepared by some faculty members of the UST College of Education. The program for the children includes the following subjects: Reading Readiness, Numeracy and Character Education. Music, Arts, Writing and Physical Education shall be integrated. For the Adult Education Program, literacy shall be integrated in the following areas: Nutrition, Parenting, Livelihood, Environmental Conservation and Self-Organization. The first phase of the training program has been implemented last July 20-21, 1996 at UST. A group of nineteen trainees (elementary and high school teachers, including the directress) from Sto.Nino Parish in Bamban, Tarlac were oriented about the Distance Education Project, the culture of the Aetas and Technology for the "School of the Air". A lecture on "The Quality Teacher" was given; and there was a session on "Simulation of the Prepared Modules." During the preparatory phase, other welfare services (health, sanitation, medical, etc.) have been provided hrough the OSACS.