Dec 5, 2019

Celebrating Children's Day with Free Books & More

Everyone in celebration!
Everyone in celebration!
Last November 20, 2019, CANVAS celebrated Children's Day and the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child with the opening of a four-day mini-festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
We gave away hundreds of copies of our activity book on children's rights and, in partnership with various theater, art, and music groups, offered dance, art, shadowplay, and poetry, workshops for children from two public schools brought in by the CCP. Each child received a free copy of "Karapat Dapat," our activity book on the rights of the child.
The highlight of opening day was "Mga Kwentong Karapat Dapat," a three-act musical play that creatively explored the roles and rights of children in the home, society and environment, through lights, shadows, dance and music.
As many of you may know, human rights is a controversial topic here in the Philippines. Happily, we have found that this book about the rights of children -- to play, to learn, to be healthy, to grow and be nurtured in a safe environment, and many more -- has found exceedingly broad support.
Many groups from all sides -- from government officials and agencies, to nonprofit organizations, to human rights activists, to doctors giving free clinics to ordinary students, and to artists going to the field -- have helped us bring the books to children in all corners of the country.
We thank you for your continuing and generous support, and for helping to make all these possible. 
Our best wishes for the coming Holiday Season!
Getting busy with books.
Getting busy with books.
Books on standby.
Books on standby.
A big hurrah for children's rights!
A big hurrah for children's rights!
Why we do what we do.
Why we do what we do.
Young readers with their new books.
Young readers with their new books.

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Sep 6, 2019

Books for a Reading Nook: San Roque Day Care

Children gather around for a little book-reading
Children gather around for a little book-reading

Through the initiative of the community involvement arm of First City Providential College (FCPC), forty copies of our Sino Si Juan Activity Book for Children have found a new home in the San Roque Day Care Center's new reading nook.

Although inaugurated last October 2018, the day care center was sparse. "The center only has tables, a blackboard, and some toys," Bunny Fumera-Garcia, Social Orientation and Community Involvement Head (FCPC) told us in May 2019. "I am hoping that through the provision of a mini-library, the love for reading can be inculcated in the hearts and minds of the young learners of the day care center."

The opening program of San Roque Day Care Center in Barangay San Roque, City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan was held last June 21, 2019, organized by kindergarden and senior high students of the FCPC.

Along with two workshops for parents and learners of the day care center -- that focused on literacy and confidence-building for young ones -- copies of the Sino Si Juan Activity Book for Children were turned over to the teachers and children, ages 3 to 6. 

We hope that this is but the start of a reading nook full of books and ideas for budding readers. Thank you for all your support! 

Teachers accept 40 copies of Sino Si Juan.
Teachers accept 40 copies of Sino Si Juan.
Time to explore the pages!
Time to explore the pages!

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Jun 12, 2019

Read Aloud

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) is a government agency tasked with building a culture of reading and authorship in the Philippines, as well as creating an environment for the growth of the book publishing industry to help make it globally competitive. 

One of its activities is the "Read Aloud Program", a storytelling activity that aims to help Fiipinos, especially children and out of school youth, to discover joy in reading.

Last March 2019, NBDB, in partnership with CANVAS, brought the Program to disadvantaged communities in Malabon and Navotas City. A separate Read Aloud Program event was also held in April 2019 in Calbayog City in the province of Samar. 

In all these events, NBDB gave all the participating children with their very own copies of CANVAS' activity book on children's rights. 

On behalf of all the children, we wish to thank all of you again for your continuing support!

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