The Knowledge Channel is ready to be a learning platform for students as the government shifts to distance learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Out of the 27 million students that are expected to enroll this school year, around 7.6 million students are expected to benefit from it.
Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) Director for Operations Edric Calma says in a press statement sent by ABS-CBN, "Knowledge Channel is prepared to work with the government.
"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."
A CHANNEL FOR HOME-BASED LEARNING
Home-based learning is not new to Knowledge Channel.
The statement reads, "For 21 years, KCFI has developed and acquired multimedia educational materials that public schools nationwide, especially in remote regions used to enhance teaching and learning.
"They are aired over Knowledge Channel and used for instruction by KCFI-trained teachers and are also designed for home-based learning."
Calma also adds that 50% of the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC), which DepEd requires to be taught for the school year, was developed into video format by KCFI.
"'The most essential learning competencies are the minimum curriculum-prescribed skills that students must acquire," he says.
NEW WAYS OF LEARNING
Calma points out that today's DepEd curriculum is about "understanding and creating designs, systems and processes," and not just memorizing.
He says, "Subjects like mathematics and the sciences involve understanding of processes, and they need to be visually illustrated for kids to understand. With this kind of curriculum, we need TV."
The Knowledge Channel's multimedia resources also teach students critical thinking.
Calma adds, "Children’s critical thinking and creativity are triggered by video lessons because we challenge them with questions at the beginning, halfway through and at the end of the episode."
Knowledge Channel's method of using TV technology has helped improve the performance of children in school, as shown in the studies conducted by the DLSU La Sallian Institute for Development and Educational Research and the UP Statistical Center for Research Foundation's Impact Study for Proficient Measures for Quality Education.
KNOWLEDGE CHANNEL WILL HELP TEACHERS
It is not just the students that need to adjust to distance learning, but also the teachers.
The government's sudden shift to distance learning requires 900,000 teachers to be trained in using digital media for instruction before the opening of classes in August.
National Council of Children's Television Board Member Alice Panares suggests using Knowledge Channel at the onset of the distance learning program.
This is because Knowledge Channel already has existing materials that can be used while the teachers are being trained.
Panares also underlines that Knowledge Channel is ready with the different subjects that are already in the form of TV lessons made for different grade levels.
"I’ve watched many of the lessons and they are ready for airing for the DepEd," she says.
KNOWLEDGE CHANNEL APPEALS TO GOVERNMENT
As the ABS-CBN franchise renewal hearings continue, Knowledge Channel is appealing to the government to recognize how it can contribute to the distance learning program.
KCFI President and Executive Director Rina Lopez Bautista hopes the government will allow the channel to share its expertise for the sake of the children.
She says, "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."
Before ABS-CBN went off the air on May 5, Knowledge Channel aired over SKYcable, SKYdirect, ABS-CBN TVplus, and other cable and direct to home satellite TV providers.