Knowledge Channel interns create animation to help students read, learn math

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2019 06:51 PM

MANILA -- To meet its goal of producing 1,500 animated videos that would aid elementary students in reading and learning math, Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) has been enlisting the help of interns from all over the country.

On Monday, their latest batch of 168 interns graduated and showcased the videos they helped research and produce. 

KCFI president and executive director Rina Lopez Bautista said the interns did important work for its Basa Bilang Project, which aims to give life to stories and lessons included in the Department of Education textbooks required for Grade 1 to 3 students.

Lopez Bautista pointed out that the videos will greatly benefit areas in the Philippines where textbooks are lacking. 

“The interns have done many things. They’ve worked for us doing the animation videos. They’ve also done Knowledge TV, which is an app,” she said.

“The students nowadays taking up animation and IT are fantastic. They really have the ability to create these videos and these apps and do it very well. We help them to have a product not just for themselves and their portfolio but something that will help other people,” Lopez Bautista added.

During the graduation ceremony held at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater, Knowledge Channel gave out medals to its outstanding interns for mobile app development, game development, marketing & communications, research, TV production and animation.

Margarite Igcasan, a student of the University of the Philippines – Los Banos, said she didn’t expect that Knowledge Channel will trust them to take part in important tasks such as brainstorming and strategy planning.

“It was for something so much bigger,” she said of her experience with the Basa Bilang Project. “It’s not just to simply produce something but actually give service to our fellow countrymen.”

Knowledge Channel’s goal is to eventually produce 1,500 animated videos, which will help young students better comprehend reading and math lessons. The videos will be aired on the channel, following the curriculum schedule of DepEd, and will also be available through online platforms and offline materials. 

Among the speakers for the event are data scientist Dr. Reina Reyes, who is also the host of the Knowledge Channel show "Science Says," and Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2017 winner Hillary Andales.

“I grew up with 'Sineskwela,'” Reyes said. “I’m happy that what they’re producing here is really Filipino made. You can really relate to it. There is so much videos, materials available from around the world but they don’t represent us. And it makes a real difference if we can see ourselves and learn together with fellow Filipinos.”

Andales, who also credits the Knowledge Channel show "Sineskwela" to her early interest in science, said she has become a fan of the interns.

“Having these students these interns produce such high quality content for fellow students is amazing,” she said. 

Vanessa Tanco, president and CEO of iAcademy, said they are thankful for the opportunity of collaborating with Knowledge Channel. 

“They’ve been able to do real-life work that are really used in the industry, in education,” she said. “It’s also inspiring for them (interns) to do these types of projects that really make a difference in the Philippines.”

Other schools that participated in the intern program are Arellano University, Asia Pacific College, Centro Escolar University, CIIT College of Arts and Technology, CIIT Senior High School, De La Salle University, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Informatics International College-Cainta, Mary the Queen College Quezon City, Our Lady of Fatima University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Rizal Technological University, Siena College of Taytay, St. Paul University, Sta. Teresa College, STI College Carmona, Trinity University of Asia, University of Asia and the Pacific, University of Rizal System, University of the East, University of the Philippines–Diliman, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, and West Visayas State University.