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Knowledge channel prepared to work with gov’t for home-based learning

ABS-CBN-owned channel Knowledge Channel is ready to work with the government as it prepares for the opening of classes on August 24.

In a press release issued by ABS-CBN Corporate on July 9, Knowledge Channel said that as the government gears up for the upcoming school year’s blended learning approach, it is ready to share its video lessons to as many as 7.6 million students nationwide. Blended learning taps into the television, radio, electronic and online media to deliver education.

“We have created and acquired more than a thousand video lessons, all based on the K – 12 curriculum of the Department of Education and these are ready for use,” said Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) director for operations Edric Calma.

Guided by the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC) of the Department of Education (DepEd), such as being aligned with national and local standards, connecting content to higher concepts across content areas, and being applicable to real-life situations, KCFI shared that it has already formatted half of its materials into video format, and is ready to format the remaining 50 percent.

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Calma added that with the DepEd’s 21st century curriculum, certain subjects such as science and mathematics are more process-oriented, thus making these more effectively illustrated using television. He also noted that video helps hone learners’ critical thinking and creativity as they are challenged with questions throughout each Knowledge Channel episode.


Appealed KCFI president and executive director Rina Lopez Bautista, “We believe that learning must continue for all and that no child should be left behind. We appeal to our lawmakers and the Filipino people to recognize ABS-CBN’s contributions to education and that ABS-CBN is granted a new franchise so that we can again reach the children no matter where they are in the Philippines. The Knowledge Channel Foundation continues, and will be working to continue to be in the service of Filipino children.”

KFCI has been developing multimedia educational materials for public schools across the country for 21 years. Prior to ABS-CBN going off the air on May 5 due to an order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the Knowledge Channel’s shows were aired over ABS-CBN TVplus, SKYcable, SKYdirect, and other cable and direct-to-home satellite TV providers.

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