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Digital Teacher awards innovative and technological teachers (Translation)

22 September 2009

Resources from all over Peru were received

- Digital Teacher seeks to close the digital and knowledge gap between teachers and students.
- Resources will be on exhibition on September 18th and 19th

Lima, September 18th, 2009 - Twenty seven Peruvian teachers were awarded by the Digital Teacher contest, which was promoted by Backus, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) El Comercio newspaper, RPP, the Ministry of Education and Businessmen for Education, amongst others. This took place during an award ceremony where contest organizers, authorities from the education sector and the winners' relatives were present.

The winners were selected and evaluated by a strict committee, which was integrated by a team of technical and educational specialists from the PUCP. They were selected based on six resource criteria: resource quality, content innovation, resource relevance and utility, resource functionality and feasibility and teaching and graphic design. They were then given a score by the jury and the winners as well as those worthy of an honorific mention were selected.

During the ceremony, the winners received a recognition diploma for their resource development creativity and quality. They also received laptops, photo and video cameras and educational training scholarships for PUCP.
Mr. Robert Priday, Backus President, gave a speech and commented on the work done by the teachers as well as the important role that society and entrepreneurs play when promoting contests such as Digital Teacher. He stated: "I would like to congratulate all the teachers who participated in this contest and specially the twenty seven who made it all this way. The results we got with the Digital Teacher contest encourage us to continue with this initiative. I challenge all the institutions that have been with us during this first endeavor to continue supporting this type of contests and I extend an invitation to other companies and institutions to join us in this endeavor to benefit this country's education."
Teachers also shared their experiences, thanked the contest organizers and encouraged their colleagues to promote the use of technology as a helping tool to improve education quality.

Dr. Elena Valdivieso Gainza, Dean of the Faculty of Education for PUCP, added: "Through this contest we have seen there are Peruvian teachers who have a desire to be innovative in their teaching practice and who want to grow and keep on learning."

On September 18th and 19th, winning teachers' educational digital resources will be on exhibition at the Lima's Chamber of Commerce Main Auditorium, which will be open to the public in general. Moreover, Digital Teacher contest organizers informed that in the next few weeks the wining resources will be published in the contest web site.

It is worth mentioning that during this first version of Digital Teacher close to 300 educational digital resources were received. Fifty five per cent of these resources came from out of the province teachers and 45% came from Lima. Most of the resources were presented in the categories of multimedia (32%) and blogs (25%). The main topics of the resources were the Environment (33%) and Mathematics (28%).

It is important to highlight that the Digital Teacher contest is part of the National Educational Project put forward by the National Education Council and it has been developed with the purpose of improving Peruvian's education by closing the digital and knowledge gap between teachers and students. This contest seeks to incorporate the use of new Technologies of Information and Communication (TICs) in the educational process, which means resources will have an educational side that will promote interaction between students as well as strengthening and facilitating the learning process. Thus, "Digital Teacher" becomes part of the efforts that the Peruvian government and businesses are making in order to promote technology in the educational field.

For more information, contact:
Cecilia Quevedo / Dora Vallejos
Comunicaciones Externas Backus - 311-3000
Samuel Saiz /Carlos Solari
Llorente & Cuenca- 222-9491

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on www.sabmiller.com. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. 
 
Note, the news release was first published in its local market on 18th September, 2009.

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