TO IMPROVE the reading skills of kindergarten to grade three pupils in the Philippines through radio and television-based learning resources, the United States government, RTI International and the Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) signed a new partnership on March 10, 2023.

KCFI started to regularly broadcast on March 13 existing learning materials co-developed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABC+) program implementing partner RTI International and the Department of Education (DepEd).

These programs were designed to instill genuine love for reading in young children and help them master the four macro literacy skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing.

This partnership addresses the continuing gaps in education in the Philippines and ensures that children have access to quality education that will build their literacy skills for lifelong learning. It also supports educational innovations through the creation and promotion of multimedia learning resources for young children.

“We thank KCFI for its interest in our initiative and desire to promote learning and access to education, particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalized children,” USAID Philippines deputy mission director Rebekah Eubanks said.

“As your enduring friend, partner and ally, the US government, through USAID, will continue to forge and strengthen partnerships with the private sector to expand learning opportunities for children so that they can grow up to reach their full potential and contribute to the country’s growth,” she added.

“We are confident that this new partnership between ABC+ and KCFI will not only be beneficial to our respective organizations, but more importantly, to the students, teachers, and communities that we serve,” KCFI president and executive director Rina Lopez said. “By bringing the video lessons to more audiences all over the country, we will be making a meaningful contribution to the efforts of schools, teachers and parents all over the country who are working hard to enrich the learning of their students and children.”

For her part, DepEd Finance Usec. Annalyn Sevilla said: “It is our fervent hope that this work will encourage practitioners and teachers to be knowledgeable, skillful and insightful as we all work together to the care and education of young children.”

“The DepEd wholeheartedly believes in this collaboration and we are all confident that we will contribute to the commitments of our Matatag Agenda, a whole pro-creation approach which aims to support our learners — Bansang Makabata — to become productive and nation-loving Filipinos — Batang Makabansa,” she said.