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Mongolian and Philippine viewers to enjoy science through UNESCO’s K∙science project

The Gwacheon National Science Museum, as shown in the “Science Class” television programme ©YTN Science

Mendbayar Naidansuren, President of EduTV (third from left) and Mr. Bae Seok Kyu, President of YTN (centre), takes a tour of EduTV’s broadcasting studios with EduTV and YTN Science colleagues. ©YTN Science

Mr. Bae Seok Yu, YTN President and Ms. Rina Lopez-Bautista, President of Knowledge Channel at the agreement signing ceremony. ©Knowledge Channel

16.05.2013

Education TV channels in Mongolia and the Philippines have sign up for the K∙science project to broadcast scientific programme from Republic of Korea to their local viewers.

UNESCO Bangkok, Korean TV channel YTN Science and the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) are now partners with  broadcasting networks in Mongolia and the Philippines to share free educational TV programmes and engage in joint production of education and science programmes in the future.

The project “Education and Science TV Contents Sharing Project in Asia and the Pacific” aims to make available science and educational programmes to public and non-profit education TV channels in countries in Asia-Pacific. 

Through this project YTN Science has provided the TV channels in Mongolia and the Philippines with ‘Science Class’,the first of its programmes that has been made freely available through K∙science.  The programme ‘Science Class’is a virtual tour of Korea’s Gwacheon National Science Museum; through which the viewers learn fundamentals of science. The programme has been translated to English by YTN Science. EduTV subsequently dubbed the episodes in Mongolian, while Knowledge Channel opted to use the original English version.

On 23 April, Mr. Bae Seok Kyu, President of the YTN group met with Mr. Mendbayar Naidansuren, the President of the Mongolian National Educational Channel (Edutainment TV/EduTV) in Ulaanbaatar to sign the memorandum of understanding..  Also in attendance was Mr. Gundegmaa Jargalsaikhan, the Secretary-General of the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO, who participated in the ceremony on behalf of UNESCO Bangkok.

“We are glad to have the MOU with YTN Science”, Mr. Mendbayar Naidansuren said. “We hope that our Mongolian viewers can deepen their knowledge through the YTN Science programmes.”

“This collaboration will strengthen our common goal: to reach more and teach more children and adults who are eager to learn.” 

A signing of the agreement between YTN and the Philippines’ Knowledge Channel took place on 25 April in Manila. Dr. Virginia Miralao of the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO  attended the event for UNESCO Bangkok.

Ms. Rina Lopez-Bautista, President and Executive Director of Knowledge Channel said: “This collaboration will strengthen our common goal: to reach more and teach more children and adults who are eager to learn.” 

UNESCO Bangkok and YTN Science are now in close coordination with  other TV channels in the Asia-Pacific region, including TV channels in Thailand, Uzbekistan and Bhutan to further implement the K∙science project.

Mr. Bae Seok Yu talked about the role of YTN in the K∙science project. “It is important to spread science and technology throughout the world.  He also mentioned how K∙science will jumpstart the sharing of education TV programmes in Asia and the Pacific. 

“We are trying to expand our programmes and we hope to see more programmes from (other TV channels) as well”.

‘Science Class’in Mongolia will be aired until 24 June  every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:40 PM (with replays at the same time slot every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays).  The programme will be broadcasted on Knowledge Channel until 10 June, every Mondays to Fridays at 11:00 AM (with replays at 7:00 PM).

UNESCO Bangkok and YTN Science are now in close coordination with other TV channels in the Asia-Pacific region, including TV channels in Thailand, Uzbekistan and Bhutan to further implement the K∙science project.

Learn more about K∙science project

 

By Avelino Mejia, UNESCO Bangkok