Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, South Korea Largest TV Network Visited P.S.5

New York, NY – A TV crew from Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) visited P.S. 5. MBC is currently producing a special program on South Korea’s rural small schools. Due to economic constraints, local governments have closed down schools; which has negatively impacted the communities where the schools were located. Being a public TV station, MBC is trying to challenge this situation by presenting alternative ways to support schools rather than closing them down. Seeing and learning about the Children’s Aid partnership with the New York City Department of Education to develop community schools is part of this effort.

The visitors included a cameraman, a producer and a project coordinator, Sun You, who organized the visit along with Anthony Ramos, vice-president for communications and marketing at Children’s Aid, and  Hersilia Méndez, director of communication and external affairs at NCCS. The crew toured and filmed the afterschool, early childhood, and school-based health programs. They also filmed interviews with the school principal, Maureen Guido; Jane Quinn, NCCS director and Children’s Aid vice-president for community schools; Myrna Torres, Children’s Aid school age division deputy director, and others.

MBC is the largest broadcasting company in South Korea with one terrestrial TV channel, three radio stations, five cable channels, five satellite channels, and four DMB channels, they focus on world-wide news as well as what happens in Korea. The P.S.5 segment will be broadcasted nationally in March.

This was the third time the Korean television visited P.S. 5, several years ago, one of the country’s top TV stations did a 30-minute documentary about the community school strategy that was widely shown in Korea.