Street educators use Knowledge Channel programs to teach life skills to their studentsStreet children are usually seen hawking food, picking up trash or knocking on car windows. But when darkness falls, they have a whole new agenda. These young people are called “children in conflict with the law” (CICLs).
“Sila‘yungmgabatang snatcher, holdaper,nakapatay,nakasaksak,nagso-solvent, nagra-rugby. Sila‘ yung mga batang napariwara or neglected… pinabayaan na nglipunan,” says John Edelberto Beinte, street educator for Childhope Philippines.
Children on the streets are at risk of becoming CICLs, which is why Ate Academy was established in 2013 by Childhope Philippines and Museo Pambata.
“…Sabi ko sa asawa ko, aalis ako sa school, lilipat ako sa kalye kasi mas kailangan nila ako. Mas kailangan nila ng teacher sa kalye,” Beinte adds, explaining why he left his old job as a public school teacher to work with Manila's street children.
Using Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc.’s (KCFI) multimedia learning resources, Ate Academy aims to educate street children on basic literacy, numeracy and values so they may reintegrate into the public school system.
In order to keep their learners motivated and engaged, Ate Academy has been using KCFI's portable media library.
Lorna Sales, supervisor of the street education program, says KCFI has helped in filling the gaps in street education.
"Ang Knowledge Channel ay isa ito sa mga tool na ginagamit din ng street educator na kung saan maraming nilalaman na for literacy, [katulad ng] tungkol sa disaster. Nakakatulong talaga para mapunan natin ‘yung kung ano man ‘yung kakulangan sa ginagamit namin sa aming street education,” Sales says.
Kathleen Zambas, partnership coordinator of Museo Pambata and one of the primary teachers in Ate Academy, says she has a storytelling approach in teaching and often uses Knowledge Channel’s shows.
Notes Zambas: ows. Notes Zambas: “Syempre ‘yung iba wala naman sa school, ‘yung iba ‘di naman nakaka-relate. So pinipili ko ‘yung mga suitable sa kanila.”
Beinte adds that that television shows from KCFI offer a different perspective to their students, who do not have access to TV.
“Kaya ang laking pasalamat sa mga module ng Knowledge Channel… Kasi itong mga batang ito, mas gusto nilang nanunuod ng TV. Mas gusto kong ginugugol nila ‘yung panahon nila sa panunuod ng TV.”(Story/Photo by: Margarite Igcasan)