As schools all over the country transition to online and distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students, parents, and educators are confronted with a new challenge: acquiring learning materials.
The discussion about these alternative ways of learning has sparked a lot of controversies. This is not only because there hasn’t been a clear direction on how distance learning will be carried out, but also because the effectiveness of educational materials and modules is still in question at the moment. (Read: Teachers, Students Start Donation Drives Before Schools Resume in October)
These sudden shifts in the education system and vague plans for the country are among the many reasons why the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc. (BAFI) decided to come up with Mind S-Cool TV—an educational program that aims to help Filipino students and families cope with the “new normal” of schooling.
Mind S-Cool TV is the newest educational project of BAFI that aims to fill the gaps in the basic education courses across different age-groups during the pandemic.
“Education should continue in the crisis. We’d like to think we’re learning for a better normal,” said Maria Isabel Garcia, BAFI managing director and curator. (Read: An Expert Explains Why You Should Consider Homeschooling Your Kids)
The TV show is reminiscent of classic educational series such as Batibot, Sineskwela, and Sesame Street which allow viewers to engage and participate in a virtual show. It is hosted by Mikee Estorga and Pecier Desierdo.
Tara na sa MIND S-COOL! This is the FIRST Science and Art Educational TV Program made amidst the pandemic, airing on CNN Philippines!Follow the adventures of Mind Movers Pecier and Mikee in their Quest to tackle questions, take on challenges and speak with experts and awesome mentors!Explore different topics strongly tied to the K-12 curriculum with the most updated knowledge, while discovering their real world connections!🧠 Catch Episode 1 of MIND S-COOL🦠 "What in the World is Going On?"🗓 AUGUST 22, SAT, 8:30AM🕟Replays at 4:30pm | Sunday 8:30am and 4:30pm📺Free TV ch. 9, Cignal ch. 10, Sky Cable ch. 14#MindSCool #DreamSchoolPosted by Mind S-Cool on Thursday, August 6, 2020
To give children a better idea about what’s been happening amid the COVID-19 crisis, the pilot episode of Mind S-Cool TV—titled “What in the World is Going On?”—featured a detailed explainer about the causes, management, and prevention of a pandemic. (Read: Bitoy Recovers From COVID-19, Gives Useful Tips Against the Virus)
The next episodes, on the other hand, will focus on topics under the K-12 curriculum. Specifically, the episode titles will be “How Do You Make a Planet?” and “What Is Everything Made Of?”
Mind S-Cool TV will be aired weekly on free TV on CNN Philippines. The show will also be available via live-stream on Facebook beginning Aug. 22, at 8:30 AM with a same-day replay at 4:30 PM (replay schedules may change).