The first five years of a child’s life—their learning experiences, nutrition and overall well-being—will become their foundations in adulthood. For a better future for everyone, we need to work together to create opportunities that will allow every Filipino child to learn critical learning skills so that they can reach their full potential.
Since 1999, we at the Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) have been at the forefront of helping improve education and learning outcomes. Recognizing how important these early childhood foundations are when it comes to education and learning, KCFI has intensified its focus on early childhood development (ECD). We have partnered with like-minded agencies and organizations, both international and local; local government units (LGUs); and national agencies like the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Early Childhood Care and Development Council to develop and cocreate programs for the Filipino children.
We recently launched the sequel to our successful Grade 1 Filipino “Wikaharian” series, called “Wikaharian Grade 2.” Developed in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, through the support of Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda and DepEd, “Wikaharian Grade 2” utilizes culture-based teaching of reading in Filipino. KCFI has also partnered with Power of Zero to create a Filipino version of “Heroes of Zero,” an anti-bullying series for young children that will be launched in May.
March has been a fruitful month for our partnerships as well. We partnered with USAID Philippines and RTI International to air ABC+ (Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines) early grade reading materials on Knowledge Channel, aiming to reach over 10 million homes. We worked with different LGUs and DepEd offices to bring our face-to-face training, Learning Effectively through Enhanced and Evidence-based Pedagogies or LEEP, to more educators in the country, thanks to our partners—Rotary and the Rotary Club of Makati Premier District (LEEP Reading in Sta. Rosa, Laguna), South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation (LEEP in Calaca, Batangas) and the Rotary clubs of Makati Premier District, Muntinlupa East, District 3830, District 3620, Makati East and Makati Rosewood (LEEP-ECD in Lobo, Batangas). We have been extremely fortunate too to be awarded the New Zealand High Embassy Fund Grant, and this April, we will be launching a pilot run of LEEP-ECD in Burgos, Ilocos Norte with the New Zealand Embassy.
Not only are we bringing LEEP-ECD to Burgos, but we are also giving them special Knowledge Channel Portable Media Libraries for ECD which contain multimedia resources for our kids as well as for their educators, parents and caregivers. For children, we have “Kwentoons,” “Kuwentong Pambata,” “Atbp.” and “Musikantahan,” which are colorful, fun educational shows that teach children valuable lessons and skills they may use in life. For the parents and caregivers, we have “Payong K-Lusugan,” “Kuwentong Kartero” and “TalkED,” an educational talk show that discusses ECD topics like play, positive discipline and growth mindset with experts. There is the new “I Love You 1000,” a program developed with the National Nutrition Council that talks about health, nutrition, early learning and child protection during a child’s first 1,000 days.
(Story/Photos by: Rina Lopez)