Schools in far-flung areas of Zambales and Bataan can now access the vast learning content available in Knowledge Channel through the donation of SKYdirect kits, Sky Cable Corporation’s newest direct-to-home satellite TV service.
Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) and SKY officially turned over the SKYdirect kits in a ceremony held at the Gugo Elementary School in Samal, Bataan. At the turnover were KCFI president and executive director Rina Lopez-Bautista, SKY Pay TV head Claudia Suarez, students, school officials, and DepEd representatives.
“Filipino students nationwide deserve access to the modernized learning materials of Knowledge Channel to help them achieve their full potential. Now, students in our chosen schools can harness their learning although they are located in very remote areas in Zambales and Bataan because of SKYdirect,” Suarez said.
She added that SKYdirect and Knowledge Channel have been working closely together to identify public schools in Luzon that need access to the curriculum-based educational programs of Knowledge Channel.
Meanwhile, Lopez-Bautista explained that the public schools they have chosen in Zambales and Bataan were resource-strapped and low-performing schools located in areas that couldn’t be reached by cable signal transmission.
“Knowledge Channel’s mission is to become available to public schools nationwide. With our collaboration with SKYdirect, we are now able to reach more students even in isolated areas since Knowledge Channel is part of SKYdirect’s channel lineup,” Lopez-Bautista elaborated.
In previous years, Knowledge Channel and SKY have been working together to make Knowledge Channel’s content available on-air through SKYcable. Today, Knowledge Channel is now accessible in both cable (SKYcable) and satellite (SKYdirect) platforms.
SKY employee volunteers will install the SKYdirect kits in the public schools initially in Bataan and Zambales, and soon in public schools in Bulacan and Pangasinan. In the future, SKY is planning to donate more SKYdirect kits to several schools in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao in partnership with Knowledge Channel.
Earlier this year, SKYdirect donated installation kits to the troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who are deployed in various areas nationwide to enable them to access news and information in support of their call of duty to serve the country.
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 that improve teaching skills; thereby making learners learn better through technology.
It has established a solid reputation as a channel that has brought public schools nationwide access to innovative and fun multimedia learning for 16 years. Through its availability on SKYdirect, Sky Cable Corporation’s newest service powered by direct-to-home technology, more Filipino students can gain a better learning experience. Sky Cable is a unit of leading media and entertainment organization ABS-CBN Corporation.