More than 2,000 students and almost 100 teachers in remote areas of Camarines Norte now have access to the innovative teaching and learning materials available on Knowledge Channel, as Rotary International, the Rotary Foundation, and Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) continue to pursue their 100 for 100 The Knowledge Channel Project, an outreach initiative that seeks to bring the renowned foundation’s modern and DepEd K-12 curriculum-based teaching tools to 100 schools nationwide.
The public schools supervised by the Jose Panganiban West and East districts of the Department of Education are expected to benefit from the Rotary groups’ donation of several kits of SKY’s direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service, SKYdirect, as well as from technical support provided by TeleRed.
Calogcog Elementary School, a mountainside school home to less than a dozen teachers and more than 400 learners was the first to receive the educational TV package.
It is the first time the school received a television, and according to Gloria Artana, one of the school’s longest-serving teachers, students are more active and motivated to learn when there are new and exciting materials.
Knowledge Channel’s learning materials are created in coordination with DepEd, and are designed to be fun, interactive, and creative. The award-winning programs cover the different subject matters and aims to put a wider range of rich, educational resources into the hands of students. In fact, MathDali, which aims to help students tackle the difficult math topics, was recently recognized as UP ComBroadSoc’s Choice for the Most Development-Oriented Educational TV Program at the UP Los Banos Gandingan awards last April 2017.
“In my teaching experience, kids are more active and it’s easier to teach when there’s a TV. Knowledge Channel will make our job more manageable,” she said.
School Principal Richard Cayme also expressed his delight during the turnover ceremony. “We’re really glad because our students can now keep up with the challenges of 21st Century education. Our school no longer needs to stick to traditional teaching,” he said.
KCFI, along with the alumni of Jose Panganiban National High School Batch 1982, traveled more than 300 km to deliver and install six educational television systems to Calogcog Elementary School, Jose Panganiban Elementary School, Segundo Aguirre Elementary School, Sta. Milagrosa Elementary School, and Osmeña Elementary School.
The schools will also participate in KCFI’s teacher training program called LEEP or Learning Effectively through Enhanced and Evidence-based Pedagogies.
Founded in 1999, Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc., is the only non-profit organization in the Philippines that offers curriculum-based, multimedia educational resources, and professional teacher training to improve teaching skills, helping audiences learn better through technology.