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PIA Press Release
2008/02/05

Children's story book on population, health, environment launched

by ES Subong

Iloilo City (5 February) -- A Story book For children, By Children telling about their families, their health and their environment was launched by Save the Children Philippines, as part of the Book Writing Project for the Basa Para sa Bata program, last January 31.

The event "Celebrating the Work of Children Authors and illustrators" showcased 15 illustrated stories out of 119 entries which were produced by workshop participants facilitated by Ms. Beaulah P. Taguiwalo, Children's Book Illustrator and Consultant, for Save the children.

The stories were written and illustrated by children in the province of Antique, Guimaras and Iloilo in the Philippines, attending Grade 5 up to 2nd year High School, who were made to use language or dialects of their choices while the illustrations were made out of their own perceptions and experience of the world around them.

Save the Children Deputy Country Director Dr. Joseph Michael Singh said in his opening remarks, that children should be taken as partners in development and their elders should not make them power dependent on them.

Singh said adults should not presume they know more and impose on them their own thoughts and actions, adding that the launching is a celebration of the potentials and initiatives of children.

With the book launching, Save the Children hopes more children will be inspired to write stories and create illustrations about the world around them, more children will be reading and storytelling with each other.

The project was realized with the help, support and cooperation of government agencies like the Department of Health, PopCom and the Department of Education, with other institutions and non-government agencies.

The province of Antique pledged P51,000 for the printing of a title, for use by the province in its child-related programs, while other entities committed financial and publishing assistance so that the more copies be produced for popularization of the message. (PIA 6) [top]

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