Children's Book: Hope for Kids in the Pandemic

Photo Caption: A child at Kinaiyahan Village, Zamboanga City reading the CoCo Book

Due to COVID-19, face-to-face classes, which Filipino students have been accustomed to, cannot be pursued to avert the risks of exposing young people to the infectious virus.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the schools adopted distance learning delivery modes where students remain at home and learn through printed modules, television shows, radio programs, and online classes. Education in the new normal is hobbled by resource limitations. Learning must definitely continue despite the challenges.

To support learning continuity while spreading positivity among Filipino children who may have been feeling uneasy during this pandemic, the Rotaract Club of Zamboanga City West worked with various partners to develop and launch a comic-coloring book for children entitled “CoCo Book: The Adventures of Kora and Koby”.

Authored by Rotaractor Ma. Theresa Lanell Bañez and co-contexted by Rotaractor Mark Vincent Faith Item, the book is intended for children ages 5 to 7 years old. It explains in a simple and positive manner the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The book also highlights how the children can help in our society’s resilience against the virus through lessons on the value of staying at home, washing one’s hands properly for at least 20 seconds, disinfecting hands with alcohol, maintaining one-meter distance from anybody, eating healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits, and taking vitamins to

protect one’s immune system.

Photo Caption: Rotaractor Ernan Natividad of Zamboanga City West holding the CoCo Book

The book was launched last 31 October 2020 through storytelling, coloring, and book distribution activity at Kinaiyahan Village, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City participated by 20 children. Another similar set of activities was conducted in partnership with Marine Landing Battalion Team 11 at Pangapuyan Island, Zamboanga City last December 5, 2020 participated by 60 children, bringing the total of distributed book copies to 80.

Photo Caption: Members of the Rotaract Club of Zamboanga City West storytelling the CoCo Book to 20 children at Kinaiyahan Village, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City

The production of the book was co-funded by the United Architects of the Philippines Zamboanga Chavacano Chapter, Rotary Club of Zamboanga City West, Rotaract Club of New Rise Kalookan North, Rotaract Club of Southern City Colleges, and the Rotaract Club of Lucena South.

The Chavacano (local language in Zamboanga) version of the material is currently being worked on by Ignite Volunteers Zamboanga.

Photo Caption: Rotaract Club of Zamboanga City West storytelling the CoCo Book to 60 children at Pangapuyan Island, Zamboanga City

The author is Ma. Theresa Lanelle Bañez, member of the Rotaract Club of Zamboanga City West.

This article was also featured in the February 2021 issue of the Philippine Rotary Magazine as seen below.

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