UNICEF has long been known for its innumerable projects and outreach programs that intends to seek the refuge of children in need and secure basic rights any child should have such as: food, shelter, safety, education and everything that creates an environment conducive to optimal growth and development. I, as an ordinary citizen had meek knowledge and empathy to what UNICEF does prior to my engagement with UN bloggers advocate group. Back then, I only knew that they’re the most famous agency of the United Nations and that they’re all about children, everything else for me was a bit of a blur. So when I got the news that I’ll be writing for UNICEF I really didn’t know what to expect but there was a bit of excitement since now I’ll be able to personally know the agency and one among the many projects they have.
The program began with a keynote coming from Tomoo Hozumi, country representative for UNICEF Philippines. His message was very clear even though there was some challenge on the accent. He wants everybody to understand the importance of play and social interaction among children especially during the ages of 3-5 years old since this is a stage where the mind of the child is like a bottomless glass of water. Quoting from UNICEF’s stand about child play : “Playing, both structured and unstructured, lays the foundation for a child’s development of future learning and life skills. It helps children develop their knowledge, experience, curiosity and confidence; develop language skills, thinking, planning, organizing and decision-making.”. I can actually attest to this statement since I , myself can still recall some of my childhood memories back when I was about 4 or 5 like I’m just watching a video of my past in high definition. I can still remember where I go on a humid afternoon after a heavy lunch or where I eat puto bumbong after me and my grandmother go to church even more, the brand of the boxed color-coated chocolates that my uncle gives me whenever he comes to visit and back then we didn’t have MnMs yet in the province. As a young student, I started learning language thru songs I sing when playing with classmates; I learned Math thru pretend play of a grocery store, restaurant and hide n’ seek and I learned to be a leader when I stood up for something I believe is right amongst my playmates who do something wrong and offending.
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Come to think of it, even us adults learn more if any lesson is learned with fun and interaction. Smiles and laughter gives us this wonderful feeling of happiness which lets our body produce hormones that enhances our memory, boosts immunity and gives us a total sense of well-being. If we experience all of these as adults, what more to a child of 3-5 years old who’s mind is catalyzed and body built on play. I strongly believe that education begins even before a child enters school and that the home and its vicinity plays a very important role on laying the foundation for the hunger of knowledge . What better way of me to further introduce this project than to let you see for yourself. Please watch and be enlightened.
Bid for one-of-a-kind pieces from notable Filipino artists and designers and help make a difference for children. The auction goes live on October 21-27, 2013 at www.ebay.ph/unicef
For a preview, visit www.unicef.ph or go to the Yuchengco Museum from October 3 to 26 at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City.
This year’s auction is made possible through the generous participation of the Philippine Star, Yuchengco Museum, Summit Media, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, EBay Philippines, Citem and Manila Fame.