04 July 2013
Technical vocational education and training (TVET) will make a debut on television with a series showcasing the array of courses it offers, success stories of graduates and other helpful information on how to get into it.
"May Choice Ka (You Have A Choice)" is a collaboration between the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI), which will produce and air the show starting November.
The show will be seen in Knowledge Channel, Knowledge Channel on demand, Knowledge Channel learning website and TESDA Online site.
"With its wide reach, the television would be a good vehicle to popularize and bring closer to the people TVET and TESDA's programs," Secretary Joel Villanueva, director general of TESDA, said.
"The show will be educational and inspirational, and at the same time entertaining and exciting in order to hook audience into getting into the world of TVET," Villanueva added.
The program had a soft launch on July 4 simultaneous with the signing of the memorandum of agreement between Villanueva and Rina Lopez, KCFI president.
KCFI has established the first and only all-educational transmedia in the country, which produces and delivers curriculum-based programs and interactive media-based learning activities for elementary and secondary high school students and alternative learners composed of the marginalized, out-of-school-youths, uneducated adults and vocational learners.
May Choice Ka will feature 12 episodes of 18 to 20-minute videos of TVET programs and learning modules such as housekeeping, horticulture, commercial cooking, bread and pastry production, beauty care, food and beverage servicing, and tour guiding services.
The grant for the production of the show was given by former Senator Edgardo Angara.
TESDA will help in making available the learning materials and in coordinating with training institutions to make their facilities available for video shoots and their trainers for interviews.
Aside from the television show, TESDA and KCFI will also produce e-modules of each episode for uploading in Knowledge Channel Online, which will consist of video streams of each episode, web games or quizzes, and learning links.
Through this TESDA-KCFI partnership, learning modules will be made more readily available to a wider audience. Online learners are also given the option to learn at their own time, at their own pace and at lower/negligible cost.
"We trust that our exposure in the Knowledge Channel will help in generating positive messages about TVET and communicating those employment-oriented information in innovative ways not only for Filipinos here in the country but even those working abroad," Villanueva said.