Run for Knowledge
ABOUT 2,000 runners of all ages and from various parts of the country ran for Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc.’s (KCFI’s) KaRUNungan 2010
on November 28, 2010 at the Meralco compound in Ortigas. Runners came from as far as Davao City, and whose ages ranged from four years old to 63 years old. Two of its top finishers were 12 years old and 20 years old, showing that it’s never too early to start carrying an advocacy—or running for it. “We are very grateful for the participation of so many runners from various parts of the country. This run was not about personal records but really about our concern for Philippine education.
The awareness we generated and the funds we raised will surely come a long way to help Knowledge Channel Foundation in reaching and teaching more learners through television and technology,” said KCFI president and executive director Rina Lopez-Bautista. “We believe that the problems besetting Philippine education should not be left to government alone—the collective involvement of all stakeholders is critical to addressing this growing concern. After all, our students will be our future leaders, entrepreneurs, employees and consumers. We have a stake in their education, and we need to act now,” she added. KaRUNungan 2010 was organized to raise funds for KCFI’s Expert Teachers on Air Project which will produce a an educational show entitled “K-Hub.” The show will feature “virtual expert teachers” who will teach English, Science and Math on television. Through this initiative, KCFI aims to help mitigate the lack of expert teachers in public schools throughout the country—one of the major reasons student achievement has continuously remained low.
Data from the Department of Education show that achievement test scores for high school students have been declining over the years, and that these have been consistently below mastery levels. What would surprise most people is that private schools—not including the elite schools—have been getting lower scores than public schools, clearly indicating that the need to improve the country’s basic education system is not just government’s responsibility, but a growing concern of everyone. For more info, contact KCFI at 910-3181 to 86.
Run for Knowledge