What is your idea? What makes it innovative? Why is it important?
CANVAS (http://www.canvas.ph) provides overseas Filipinos with easily accessible and affordable children’s books, written and illustrated by young contemporary Filipino writers and artists, as tools to introduce and promote greater awareness and appreciation for Philippine values, art and culture.”
Over 10 million Filipinos now live overseas. All together, they remit more than $14B annually to loved ones back in the Philippines. One of the cultural challenges they face is to pass on their link and love for the Philippines to their young children, many of whom are born or grow up overseas, and easily assimilate and lose their connection to their home country, especially as there are very few resources available, much less those designed especially for children.
CANVAS stories - most of which are products of rigorous storywriting competitions - are original and exceptionally well written, and exquisitely brought to life by some of the most promising young artists in the Philippines. The tales can be used as jump-off points for various aspects of Philippine culture, traditions and history, and are presented in both Tagalog and English to help bridge language challenges.
To promote easy and affordable access, e-book versions of CANVAS stories are made available for free downloading on CANVAS’ award-winning website. There is, as far as we know, no other entity that provides this service to Filipinos - and in particular, as a resource for overseas Filipinos. CANVAS will also develop downloadable teaching modules and online games to complement and enhance the educational potential and overall experience of its stories.
A sample e-book which provides a hint of what we’re thinking of can be downloaded at http://www.canvas.ph/message_in_the_sand.htm. Another downloadable sample is attached below.