Respect Clubs spearheaded the 1st Palimbang Children’s Congress held last October 15, 2015 at Palimbang Municipal Gymnasium in celebration of the Children’s Month with the theme: “Komunidad at Pamahalaan, Magkaisa; Pang-aabuso sa Bata, Wakasan Na!” (Community and Government Unite; End Child Abuse!)
The activity, initiated by the local government unit of Palimbang with support from PASALI, aims to uphold children’s rights and welfare and provide venue wherein children can freely express their thoughts and showcase their talents.
Highlights of the activity include musical and theatrical presentations of the organized Respect Club student-members through “Puppet Show on Children’s Rights” based on the animated characters “Dora” and “Boots.” The creative visual show not only entertained the crowd by the impressive performance of children, but also served as an awareness-raising on children’s rights and welfare.
On the other hand, an eye-opener and heart-breaking theatrical presentation surfacing the issues on bullying at school, discrimination and child labor faced by children in Palimbang, captured the attention of the crowd.
Respect Clubs, organized in 17 beneficiary schools of PASALI’s Respect Education Program, were able to gather around 600 pre-school children and about 400 elementary school children coming from different schools in Palimbang for the said event. The children were accompanied by Day Care Workers, teacher-advisers and parents to ensure proper guidance and safety of the children.
Respect Education Program workshops commenced on the 2nd week of July 2015 and was conducted simultaneously in 33 public schools of General Santos City, Sarangani Province and Sultan Kudarat.
For the months of October and November is the 3rd set of REP workshop which is"Welcome to my world”. This workshop make the children aware on what are things they should respect in their surroundings. This workshop includes 3 specific activities,
1) Be my guest, where children learn how to be hospitable, how to act when a spontaneous visitor knocks on the door and what to give, share and what to show to the visitors (Grades 4 & 7);
2) This is our school, where the half of the class are given an opportunity to showcase the school where they are studying by using drawings and pictures to describe it and the other half of the class take photos of their school environment, highlighting the places that they like best and the areas that are neglected and in need of attention. In this activity, the children exchange ideas about their living environment and work together to help identify solutions to existing problems and challenges. It is a fun and creative way of raising awareness about global issues and their responsibilities or accountabilities (Grades 5 & 9);
3) From trash to art. The children collect waste and other recyclable materials like cellophane, sticks, leaves, papers, plastic cups or anything available materials in their surroundings and they start working freely and use their creativity to make their own arts (Grades 6 & 8).
Respect Education Program (REP)
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