Posts by Shekinah Benitez

Zamboanga city mayor delivers state of the children’s report

Over 150 people gathered last November 28 to listen to the Zamboanga City Mayor as she delivers her State of the Children’s Report at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar, Zamboanga City. Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar highlighted in her speech the programs, activities, awards, and policies centered on children. “We are proud to…

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Children gather in making a child-friendly Zamboanga City

To celebrate world children’s month every November, 35 children ages 10-15 participated in a 2-day workshop last November 14-15 at the Grade School Library, Ateneo de Zamboanga Kreutz Campus.  The local city government of Zamboanga, UNICEF Philippines, City Social Welfare Development Office (CSDWO), and AdZU-SUGPAT partnered to organize “Children Building Child-friendly Cities.”  The activity was…

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AdZU SUGPAT trains children facilitators for World Children’s Month celebration

In preparation for the celebration of World Children’s month every November, children facilitators were trained for the 2-day workshop “Children building Child-Friendly Cities” by the team of AdZU SUGPAT.  Last November 13, seven children facilitators were introduced to the workshop activities which they will be leading. The facilitators also took part in crafting the module…

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Mental Health Camp caters adolescents and children in conflicted areas

To raise awareness on mental health among adolescents and youth, Children and Adolescents Mental Health Workshop was held last November 16 at Sauras Hall, Ateneo de Zamboanga University. The one-day workshop was organized by the Council for the Welfare of Children, UNICEF Philippines and Department of Health, in partnership with AdZU-SUGPAT and Katilingban.  Twenty adolescents…

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How an out-of-school youth rediscovered his love for learning

Staying in school was difficult for 17-year-old Rajiskan, “Nawalan na talaga ako ng gana sa pag-aaral (I just lost all interest in going to school).” For three years, Rajiskhan Hadjula from Barangay Mariki, Zamboanga City was out-of-school. During those three long years, he considered himself as “tambay” (from the word standby, meaning being idle). When…

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