(From left to right: SBFI Program Officer Racquel Tanyag, SBFI Program Manager Louie De Real, KCFI President and CEO Rina Lopez-Bautista, and KCFI Director for Operations Edric Calma)
Security Bank Corporation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm, Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI), was recognized by the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) during the CSR Guild Awards at Blue Leaf Events Pavilion, McKinley Hill, Taguig City.
SBFI’s Ready, Set, Read! Program was one of the three projects recognized as outstanding in espousing stakeholder collaboration. The program was launched in 2021 as a response to address findings of global students’ assessments in terms of reading comprehension.
“The challenges of 21st century education and the pandemic have encouraged us to partner with the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) and Ateneo de Manila University to produce videos on English reading competencies aligned with the Department of Education’s curriculum. We focused on English reading to address the assessments that Filipino learners lag in reading comprehension compared to their international peers,” said Melissa Aquino, SBFI Trustee and Corporate Secretary.
The program produced 20 educational videos for Grades 1, 3 and 5 pupils, and trained a total of 9,125 teachers last 2021. The videos were distributed through Knowledge Channel in free and cable TV outlets, and through SBFI and KCFI’s Facebook, YouTube, and websites. The videos were also distributed through KCFI portable media libraries donated to thousands of schools nationwide.
In 2022, SBFI reimplemented the Teachers Training Program, resulting in an additional 10,226 trained teachers as of end-June 2022. The program also engaged AHA! Learning Center to provide specialized training to teachers via text-based classrooms using Facebook Messenger, and to parents on how to be effective reading facilitators at home.
In an effort to ensure access of schools to educational videos, including the “Ready, Set, Read!” videos, considering internet connectivity issues, SBFI initially donated 22 Knowledge Channel portable media libraries to its classrooms project beneficiary schools, and is scheduled to distribute 42 more units nationwide.