We already know that there is more to play than just having fun. Play is one of the many factors that molds a child into what he or she is, going to be when she grows up. It teaches balance, strategy, analogy, concentration, coordination, and teamwork. And because of this, I’ve always been inspired by Johnson & Johnson Philippines as they are actively promoting the power of play in helping our children’s development. Their campaign “Hindi Lang Laro ang Laro” is what I think about every time I see my own daughter play with her cousins or the neighbor.
So when I was invited by Johnsons Baby to fly out to Tacloban, Leyte and witness the turnover of the playground in Sagkahan Elementary School last June 6, 2014, I didn’t hesitate.
As an advocate of active play, Johnson & Johnson Philippines’s Di Lang Laro Ang Laro (promoting 1 hour of active play everyday for the holistic development of kids) brought its program to Tacloban and took a proactive stance in helping school-aged kids overcome trauma through the promotion of active play. The Johnson’s Baby team, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Play Pilipinas, continues its advocacy on active play, this time by constructing the first ever children’s school playground in Sagkahan Elementary School in Tacloban, Leyte to welcome the new school year.
When we arrived, the Grade 1 Students and some of their parents are already waiting for the turnover ceremony.
According to Ms. Nice Galura, the principal of Sagkahan Elementary School, the first day of this school year has a 100% attendance compared to the previous years which only has 80%. She said that this is because the children are already excited to play in the playground.
I had a chance to go around the school and check out the classrooms and building that was built for the students…
At first I thought, they were transferring the Johnson’s Baby Active Fresh Shadow Playground there but according to Ms. Kris Llanes, Johnson Baby Senior Brand Manager, the Shadow Playground is not right for the school because of the direction of the wind and the soil.
Ms. Sigrid Perez, Executive Director of Play Pilipinas, designed the playground. It was made with old tires, wood, and materials that are sustainable and readily available so it would be easy to fix once it gets broken.
This is the slide before it was opened to the children….
…and this is the slide after!
Look at the smiles in the children’s faces!
It was a hot morning when we were there but everyone didn’t mind the heat. There were lots of running around, laughter, smiles, and of course, playing!
The smiles I saw from the students of Sagkahan Elementary School is the kind of smile I want to see on Ykaie’s face that’s why I make sure that she gets at least one hour of active play everyday. Usually, she plays with her cousins or our neighbors, but I make sure I also get a chance to play with her. I’ve learned that it’s very important that for me, as a mommy, to spend solo time with my daughter to show her how much I love her.
I’ve attended many Johnsons event in the past and each event made me realize the importance of Active Play in our children’s holistic development. The turnover of the playground also made me realize that Active play does not only mold a child, Active Play also heals a child.
Let me share with you this video so you mommies can see what I saw and experience what I experienced there at Sagkahan Elementary School in Tacloban.