Children have the right to play. Different forms of play--whether structured or unstructured--keep children healthy and sharpen their skills in listening, observation, self-expression and even decision-making. Playing develops their minds, builds their confidence, and fosters their sense of curiosity.
, studies show that three out of ten
children under six years old have access to any form of early learning such as
day care centers. Access is said to be lower in remote, conflict- and
disaster-affected areas due to a number of reasons, one of which is the lack of
To address this issue, and in time for National Children's Month, UNICEF Philippines holds Auction for Action 2013. Proceeds will benefit Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP), an education program that will give disadvantaged Filipino children a learning head start.
Apart from far-flung, conflict and disaster-affected communities, UNICEF also supports the SNP program in informal rural and urban communities. The home-based learning program can be set up in a house, a shaded play area or under a tree by trained day care workers or parent volunteers who can spend two to three hours a day for a minimum of ten months guiding children as they learn through organized play.
The auction, curated and presented by UNICEF Special Advocate for Children Daphne Oseña Paez, features one-of-a-kind creations by notable Filipino artists and designers including sculptor Ramon Orlina, furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, jewelry designer Joyce Makitalo, and artist, sculptor and designer Leeroy New, among others. (See full list of participating artists and designers here.)
The online auction on eBay is from October 21 to 27, 2013. Preview the pieces on display at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City, until tomorrow, October 26, 2013.