The Department of Education fortifies its 17-year old partnership with the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. in improving the quality of public education through another 10-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, Department of Education (DepEd) Complex, Pasig.

Honored signatories include DepEd secretary Br. Armin Luistro, DepEd undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages Mario A. Deriquito, Knowledge Channel chairman Oscar M. Lopez, and Knowledge Channel president and executive director Rina Lopez-Bautista.

The MOU allows public schools to have continued access to Knowledge Channel’s educational shows and multimedia learning resources through cable, satellite and the Internet; thereby maintaining effective, non-traditional, interactive modes of instruction complementing the K-12 curriculum.

“We are committed to continue helping the country progress through alternative education and media. We are thankful that DepEd is one with us in this objective, and has always been and is still supporting us in our projects,” said Rina Lopez-Bautista, president and founder of Knowledge Channel Foundation.

“Seeing that our curriculum-based TV programs are improving the NAT scores of students, decreasing dropout rates in public schools and increasing the number of enrollees nationwide is a proof that our partnership with DepEd brings positive change in Philippine education,” she added.

“I’ve had the privilege of watching some of the programs of Knowledge Channel that have actually engaged our young people. I would be happy to see many more public and private school teachers using Knowledge Channel materials as I, myself, have witnessed how engaged our students have been when they see these in their learning modules,” said DepEd secretary Br. Armin Luistro, FSC.

Moreover, the MOU acknowledges DepEd’s responsibility of closely collaborating with the private sector to make Philippine public schools competitive and progressive. Led by the Adopt-A-School Program, the continued partnership is expected to benefit 5 million learners in 6,000 public schools and community learning centers with access to K Channel through various media platforms.

“We will not stop working at bringing the world to Filipinos through educational media because in doing so, our world becomes a little smaller, and at the same time a little larger, with broader horizons and experiences they never thought possible,” said Rina Lopez-Bautista.