KCFI Marks 22nd Foundation Day with Tahanan Books Donation

(Basahin sa Filipino)

A virtual turnover was held for the 649 donated books by Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc. (Tahanan Books) during the 22nd anniversary day of Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI), June 14. The event was led by KCFI President and Executive Director of KCFI Ms. Rina Lopez-Bautista and Ms. Reni Roxas, publisher and editor-in-chief of Tahanan Books. Recipients of the storybooks were parents and students from KCFI’s Basa Bilang Program in Santa Rosa, Laguna and Marikina, and Early Childhood Development Program in Jordan and Buenavista, Guimaras.

Reading books can help address gaps in early childhood and primary learning, two sectors in basic education, greatly affected by the Philippine learning crisis. In 2018, the Philippines ranked 78th out of 79 countries in reading proficiency while 77th in science and mathematics, according to the research conducted by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

“Matapos ang higit isang taon na tayo [ay] nasa pandemya, tayo ay may pinagdadaanan pa rin na Philippine Learning Crisis. At malalabanan lamang natin ang learning crisis na ito kung magtutulungan tayo at bibigyang pansin natin ang nutrition, helalth, social protection, at early learning stimulation ng mga batang [nasa] edad 0-8 years old,” as stated by Rina Lopez-Bautista.

KCFI presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing. (In photo from top-left: KCFI President Rina Lopez, Tahanan Books publisher Reny Roxas, lower left: Tahanan Books Marketing and Development Head Meg Roxas and KCFI Director of Operations Edric Calma)

Reni Roxas believes that their coordination with KCFI will ensure that books will be used to be read by the children and not merely left unused in the library shelves. “We hope our title will serve as useful teaching aids for your literacy development initiatives. Knowledge is a precious commodity in every person’s life. For a developing country such as ours [Philippines], the spread and dissemination of Knowledge are particularly vital to our role as nation builders,” she said.

Meg Roxas, Marketing Coordinator of Tahanan encourages every child to not just stop reading. “Sana hindi lamang matapos sa pagbabasa. Kasi isa din sa mga gusto naming mangyari dahil mga bata pa kayo, sana pangarapin ninyo ring magsulat ng sarili ninyong kuwento, makapagguhit ng sarili ninyong kuwento,” she echoed.

The recipients also expressed their gratitude in a short video slideshow showing the books they received. One parent even sent a handwritten letter which said, “Through these books, madagdagan ang kaalaman ng mga bata, makapagbigay aral, at the same time, nawiwili sila sa pagbabasa / pagsusulat ng libro na malaking tulong sa kanila sa pahanong ito ng pandemya.” Stephanie Burac, one of the Grade 1 pupils under the Basa Bilang program also delighted the donors with her live storytelling of Ma Me Mi Mumu, a storybook written by Jomike Tejido and published by Tahanan Books.

About Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc.

Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc (KCFI) is a non-government, not-for-profit organization that works to help uplift the life of the Filipino through media and technology. Specifically, it develops and distributes curriculum-based multimedia learning resources (such as videos, games, session guides, etc.) for preschool, K-to-12, and the Alternative Learning System, online, on-demand, and on-air via the Knowledge Channel shown in the various platforms all over the Philippines. It also implements professional development programs for teachers and education leaders.

Since 1999, KCFI has been transforming classroom experiences into unique and engaging learning journeys.