The Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-SEI) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) closer to Filipino students and teachers.
Through the “content partnership” pact, the SEI’s educational content will be more accessible to students and teachers via the Knowledge Channel’s on-air and online platforms.
The agreement was signed by DOST-SEI Director Josette T. Biyo, and Chief Science Research Specialist Ruby R. Cristobal, and KCFI President and Executive Director Elvira Lopez Bautista, and Director of Operations, Edric C. Calma.
“Through this partnership, we will be able to reach new horizons and bring STEM closer to our youth as the DOST-SEI and The Knowledge Channel collaborate to uphold the value of science, technology, and innovation in building up the next generation of Filipino youth,” Biyo said in a statement.
Among SEI initiatives that “have been revamped for online learning” are novel video programs such as RadyoEskwela sa Siyensya and TuklaSiyensya; Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition; imake.wemake Youth Innovation Prize Award,; #Push4Science Campaign; and the Climate Science Youth Camp.
Bautista said the MOA signing was the latest of many private-public partnerships between the KCFI and the DOST.
She noted that through Knowledge Channel’s portable media libraries, the DOST-SEI’s mathematics and science courseware was able to reach hundreds of schools nationwide.
“We are thrilled to enter into yet another exciting collaboration. We’ve been on this adventure of introducing our young Filipino children to the world of STEM for many years,” she said.
KCFI is well-known for its educational shows such as Sineskwela and Math-Tinik.
The non-profit organization develops, acquires, and distributes Department of Education’s (Deped) K-12 curriculum-based multimedia learning resources on-air, online, and offline to supplement the effective and relevant delivery of basic education, improve the engagement and learning of public school children, and contribute to national development and progress.