Sumitomo Mitsui inks MOA with KCFI for FinLit video

By Michael Ramos | July 29, 2019

A Japanese bank is helping Filipino students on financial literacy through media.

One of Japan’s leading financial institutions has recently partnered with Knowledge Channel Foundation (KCFI) to create an episode on Financial Literacy or FinLit. With Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s (SMBC) donation of half a million pesos, KCFI will produce a video for Grade 9 following the Department of Education (DepEd) Curriculum in Araling Panlipunan or Social Studies.

Through the video episode, students will better understand the importance of saving money and investing, the composition of the monetary sector, and the role of the central bank (Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP) along with other related topics. The episode will also come with a session guide or lesson exemplar so teachers can better integrate the video in their classes.

Signing the memorandum of agreement (MOA) are Kenichi Hisomi, Senior Managing Executive Officer of SMBC, Hikoki Nakatsuka, General Manager of SMBC-Manila, Rina Lopez Bautista, President and Executive Director, KCFI and Edric Calma, Director for Operations, KCFI.

With headquarters based in Tokyo and offices and branches across the globe, SMBC has been supporting various organizations that help them give back to communities. Their corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on the environment, communities, and the next generation. By partnering with KCFI, SMBC is able to achieve their goal of caring for the next generation of Filipinos by helping them become more financially responsible.

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Towards a Financially Responsible Citizenry. KCFI President Rina Lopez Bautista (left) and SMBC Senior Managing Executive Officer Kenichi Hisomi (right) discussing the importance of financial literature for the next generation of Filipinos. (Photo by Azrael Gonzales)

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 of the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company, ABS-CBN Corporation, such as ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN TVplus, and SKYcable. 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

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