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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Pulumbarit

UPLB's 'Pabili ng Munting Ilaw' and other Tsikiting Stories

How do we help children develop empathy for others during the COVID-19 pandemic?

One way could be to provide children with learning materials on how to understand other people and share their feelings.

The Department of Human and Family Development Studies (DHFDS) of the UP Los Baños College of Human Ecology has published such learning aids.

Their free-to-download children’s e-books also teach the importance of social distancing and wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The e-books can be downloaded via the DHFDS Facebook page.

The DHFDS issues guides on using the e-books, such as the story background or the minimum age of the reader for each e-book.

The creators of the Tsikiting Stories say children's personal histories and experiences vary because of gender, race, economic status, and other factors.

"In the time of the pandemic, these intersectionalities aggravate children’s situation and demand more attention from parents, teachers, policy-makers, and all the other stakeholders," the DHFDS says.

Tsikiting Stories

Pabili ng Munting Ilaw (By Paeng Ferrer)

E-book link:

Merienda Na (By Angelina Bustos)

E-book link:

Korona ni Karen (By Kate del Rosario, Paeng Ferrer, and Neph Botor)

Ang Maskara ni Miko (By Kate del Rosario)

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