Last October 22, LFI was glad to welcome Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. lead by Edric Calma (director of KCFI), Marie Nery (resource mobilization officer for educational leadership) and Miel Arcinas (resource mobilization assistant).

Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to uplifting the lives of Filipinos from poverty through education. KCFI is at the forefront of providing learners with access to multimedia learning resources on-air through K Channel television, online through KCh Online and on-demand through the KCh Portable Media Library since 1999. It is the first and only curriculum-based transmedia system focused on Philippine basic education. It too has been proven to be an effective tool in increasing learning outcomes, student participation and community involvement among schools.

Aside from multimedia learning resources for K+12, early childhood development, and alternative learning system, KCFI is also involved in the continuing learning of education leaders, principals and teachers. One particular program that caught the interest of LFI is the Learning Effectively through Enhanced Pedagogies (LEEP) training for principal and teachers. Through LEEP, principals and teachers will be trained on creating learner-centered classroom, use of constructivism, collaboration, multimedia resources and other pedagogies that are especially needed for K+12 and 21st century learning to happen. For contents, they will have access to over 500 education videos and interactive multimedia developed by KCFI. All of these have designed and produced with DEPED curricula in mind.

LEEP training for teachers may be piloted at LFI’s 2 sponsored schools namely Libis Elementary School (LES) and Bagumbayan Elementary School (BES). To explore this further, on 27 October 2015 LFI gathered KCFI, LES principal Chelma Cabatic, BES principal Felix Malunes, and partner BINHI English Literacy Foundation lead by Mattie Uylangco (executive director), Stella Lanuza (head Binhi volunteer for BES), Noemi del rosario May Shayne Oros (both Binhi social workers), and Chris Glober (German volunteer student).

The objectives of the meeting were: 
1.The interest of the principals on LEEP training for its teachers.
2.The level of readiness of the school in terms of facility and equipment. 
3.The expected role of everyone if the project will push through
4.If BINHI can make use of the multimedia learning resources of KCFI for its ongoing English-literacy project with LFI.

KFCI explained their LEEP program in developing learner centered classroom management, in enhancing the creativity of the teacher in the classroom, and in using an external hard drive preloaded with K Channel educational videos and games for K-12. The videos tackle various academic subjects such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies and the topics on climate change, disaster preparedness, kwentong kartero, health, and travel.

Both principals were very interested with LEED program. However, on the level of readiness in terms of facility and equipment, both schools will need funding support to be able to install video monitors in every classroom. With this limitation, LFI encouraged the principals to seek the support from other donors and to align their solicitation effort towards equipping the school with the needed hardware.

To learn further about KCFI’s LEEP program, LFI and BINHI visited an ongoing LEED training conducted at San Guillermo Elementary School in Morong, Rizal on 29 October 2015 involving about 50 teachers from 2 public schools. KCFI’s LEED person-on-the-ground, Madi Marasigan (educational leadership officer), agreed to work on for LFI a LEED model with a plan of operations that would involve year-long monitoring and assessment (similar to ongoing LFI-Binhi project) to ensure that teachers take optimal advantage of the LEED program.

LFI is looking forward to working together with KCFI on a ‘Retooling’ Project for public school teachers

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