Security Bank Foundation to launch “Ready, Set, Read” video series in partnership with Knowledge Channel

Security Bank’s corporate social responsibility arm, Security Bank Foundation Inc. (SBFI) is launching a series of educational videos for elementary students in partnership with the Knowledge Channel and Ateneo De Manila University, as part of its initiatives to fill the educational gaps brought by the pandemic.

The first five episodes set to air from January 19 to February 19, 2021 will focus on reading lessons for Grade 5 students, including the use of context clues in inferring responses. The topics chosen are based on the Department of Education’s Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) Guide.

“Uplifting the quality of life in communities where Security Bank has a presence is the goal of Security Bank Foundation. We aim to achieve this by providing quality education through scholarships for deserving students, building and donating classrooms to accredited public schools nationwide, training the teachers of our beneficiary schools to help them improve their teaching skills, and developing new initiatives through digital learning resources. Through these efforts, we hope to provide better opportunities for the succeeding generations of Filipinos and a brighter future for the communities Security Bank serves.” Says Rafael F. Simpao, Chairman, Security Bank Foundation.

The three organizations collectively chose English Reading competencies as the subject matter of the educational materials after the reports of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the 2019 Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) showed that Filipino students lag behind other countries in terms of reading proficiency.

“Our partnership with Security Bank Foundation and Ateneo Center for Educational Development comes at a time when video lessons have become fundamental in ensuring that learning continues even amidst any calamity or pandemic. This video series called Ready, Set, Read!, will provide Filipino children with English language proficiency and prepare them to  succeed and thrive in a globally-connected society.” Says Rina Lopez Bautista, President and Executive Director of Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc.

To help educators and parents understand how these videos can be used as effective teaching tools, a free webinar will be organized on January 15, 2pm.  Teachers and parents can use these videos for free to enhance children’s reading skills in the comfort of their home.

The pilot run consisting of 5 episodes will be aired on Knowledge Channel from Jan 19-28, 2021 every Tue, Thu, and Sat (11:20-11:40 am), A2Z Free TV from Jan 22 – Feb 19, 2021 every Sat (8:20-8:40 am). The said episodes will also be available on Security Bank’s Website at