FIFTEEN YEARS AGO this month, a cable channel was established intended for remote public school students in order to effectively disseminate the lessons supplementing within the national curriculum.
The Knowledge Channel (K Channel), established by ABS-CBN, began cable operations on November 6, 1999 with 18 hours of educational programming from 6:00 a.m. until midnight. Currently, each program is condensed to 20 minutes during the heyday of the broadcast day: daytime (compared to free TV’s nighttime).
K Channel reached 54 provinces in public schools and 58 household. Despite of the cable channel’s mission to provide access in every public school in the Republic, a bit less than 5% of the schools received the channel on their satellite dishes and respective program guides for teachers.
Do you remember the time during the early years of Knowledge Channel when most programs come originally from the United States and Canada through the national educational TV distributor FELTA?
In the United States, you would remember Slim Goodbody and Pappyland during your Music, Arts, PE and Health (MAPEH). If you feel nostalgic about math education, you would know two programs: It Figures and Math Works. Above the intended school levels, Knowledge Channel once carried NASA TV, during nighttime.
Canadian education programs include Mathica’s Mathshop and Inquiring Minds (both produced by TVOntario), The Math Factor (Alberta) or vignettes such as Just Say No! and Celestin (both of them well known for children’s safety), Peace Talks (a TVOntario short on dealing with friends during adolescence) and Stuff (from TVOntario, focusing on arts and crafts by Kevin and Julie). Spilled Milk, a parenting show from 1998-99 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was also aired on Knowledge Channel.
Today, the programming mix is more on the cable’s local production and on past educational programs in Mother Ignacia (the last ETV program on Channel 2 being Why Not! in 2010). Not only that, they continue carry PTV’s old educational bundles such as CONSTEL (1995-8) and Eskwela ng Bayan (2002).
Nevertheless, isn’t it great to grow up as a Batang Knowledge Channel seeing foreign educational programs?
[Photo courtesy of the Huffington Post]