Celebrating victories, achieving new milestonesThis month, we celebrate National Teachers’ Month (NTM) in line with Presidential Proclamation 242 formally declaring the celebration from Sept. 5 to Oct. 5. Republic Act 10743 designates Oct. 5 as National Teachers’ Day concurrent with UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day as well.
Since the inception of NTM, Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) has been actively participating as one of the first members of the NTM Coordinating Council. For this year, KCFI and ABSCBN have launched a video for the National Prayer for Teachers featuring the cast of the series “He’s Into Her.” We are also sharing some stories of teachers in our “Kuwentong School at Home” campaign. Be sure to catch these on our Facebook pages @knowledgechannel and @knowledgechannelfoundation.
‘School at Home’ gets extension
Sept. 13 will be the first day of school year 2021-2022 as announced by the Department of Education. Classes will still be mostly virtual as face-to-face classes seem to be unlikely until next year. To help students continue their distance learning at home, Knowledge Channel will extend its “School at Home” program. We started this last year to help teachers, parents and learners cope with the demands of distance learning.
“School at Home” features 24-hour programming with specific time blocks or viewing schedules for each grade level from kinder to Grade 10 and Alternative Learning System or ALS. Viewers may watch our video lessons on TV, online and offline.
Despite losing the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise to Congress, we remained relentless in finding alternative ways to broadcast our video lessons and reach as many Filipino children as possible nationwide. Thanks to partners like PCTA [Philippine Cable and Telecommunications Association], Cignal, SatLite, G Sat, A2Z and SKYcable, we are able to expand our reach to over 5 million households. We are also fortunate to have BEAM as our partner and, by October of this year, Knowledge Channel will be once again available on digital TV boxes nationwide. For teachers, we offered the Knowledge Channel Portable Media Library so they can use our video lessons even without internet access or TV signal.
KCFI is planning to conduct a webinar series for parents in the Lopez Group on how best they may support their K-10 children with the Knowledge Channel video lessons as these learners learn remotely this school year. We will announce the dates and the meeting links to the webinars through our Facebook page and the HR Council.
Awards from LCF, Biyaya ni Juan
Through our continuous efforts and relentless pursuit in helping address the Philippine learning crisis, we are thankful for the recognitions we recently received from two organizations.
First, thank you to the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) for awarding to us the distinction of Outstanding CSR Project in Education in the 2021 LCF CSR Guild Awards for our “School at Home” campaign. Second, thank you to the youth organization Biyaya ni Juan for recognizing our show “MathDali” as Best TV Show of the Year for Education and its host Robi Domingo as Best TV Personality of the Year for Education in the 2021 Gawad JUAN Awards.
While this pandemic continues to impact our lives in so many unimaginable ways, these victories we receive along the way assure us that our choice to remain “in the service of the Filipino” is truly worth living for.
. (Story/Photos by: Rina Lopez)
Celebrating victories, achieving new milestones