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Knowledge Channel's Lakad Mo, Pangarap Ko attracts champions of education Vice President Noli de Castro led government officials who joined Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc.'s fun walk, themed "Lakad Mo, Pangarap Ko", showing full support for private sector initiatives to improve the level of instruction in the Philippine education system.

The fund-raising event aimed to provide more public schools with access to Knowledge Channel, a curriculum-based educational channel available on cable and by satellite.

Rina Lopez-Bautista, lead organizer of the event and president of the Knowledge Channel Foundation, thanked the Vice President and all the participants for helping public school students gain access to quality education material that have been empirically shown to improve learning and performance.

With the country struggling against poverty for the last 30 years, quality education is the recognized key to social mobility. The Knowledge Channel Foundation believes that quality education is the key to eradicating poverty in the country.

According to the Department of Education (DepEd), 97.9 percent of public high school seniors received scores lower than 75 percent in the National Achievement Test (NAT) administered on March 18 of this year. Only 2.09 percent or about 20,000 of the estimated 956,000 of public high school seniors were able to get a grade of 75 percent or higher. Public high school seniors garnered an average score of 44.36 percent, way below the "mastery level" of 75 percent for English, math and science. They posted a mean percentage score of 50.08 percent in English, 36.80 percent in science, and 42.20 in mathematics.

"This information shows much needs to be done, and further strengthens our resolve to reach as many schools as possible in the fastest time," said Lopez-Bautista. Founded in 1999, the Knowledge Channel Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit corporation that aims to give public schools all over the country free access to the Knowledge Channel (i.e. cable public schools with access to a local cable provider and/or install satellite technology to remote areas unreachable by cable). It provides reference materials, trains teachers on TV-assisted instruction and orients school administrators on the benefit of the channel.

To date, 90% of the student population are in public schools (total of 17.6 million students) There are 42,000 public schools with a teacher-to-student ratio as high as 1:153 and a book-to-pupil ration of 1:8. The public education system continues to suffer from the shortage of chairs, schoolhouses, teaching materials and even competent teachers.

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