Children are people, too: CANVAS and Ang INK publish the newest book on the rights of the child

Though they may be young and small, children are intelligent, valuable, and able beings with dignity and inherent rights.

Karapat-dapat: Bata, alamin ang iyong mga karapatan! (Child, know your rights!) reminds us of this. Karapat-dapat is the latest children’s activity book of The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development, in close collaboration with Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK) that celebrates children, at the same time informing them of their dignity and rights, even at a young age.

The book was inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health, and cultural rights of children. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989, and ratified by the Philippines a year later. It is the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children.

Karapat-dapat takes passages from the UN Convention and presents it in child-friendly language accompanied by youthful and relevant artworks, as well as fun activities for kids to take their pencils and crayons to.

At a time where the very value of human rights is questioned, CANVAS and Ang INK take a stand: That all human rights, of adults and children, are important and must be protected.

Karapat-dapat is also one of the titles CANVAS is giving away to children in underprivileged communities through their One Million Books for One Million Children Campaign. Aside from Karapat-dapat, we are giving away Weight of Words and a 2-in-1 Message in the Sand/My Big Sister Can See Dragons.

With a small manpower from the CANVAS team, we are active in inviting individuals and organizations to help us distribute the storybooks nationwide. To know more on how to support this advocacy, please e-mail CANVAS at bookgiving@­

Another way people can help is through purchasing Karapat-dapat under our promo, “BUY ONE, DONATE 2.” Each purchase of the book guarantees that two other children in communities will receive their very own copy of the book, for free. Thus far, the Campaign has donated some 200,000 books nationwide. In many cases, the books the children receive through the Campaign have been the very first book the children ever own, and cherish.

For more information on how to support the One Million Books for One Million Children Campaign, visit or email bookgiving@­





The One Million Books for One Million Filipino Children Campaign is CANVAS’s children’s literacy program. It aims to inspire in children a love for reading by donating award-winning CANVAS-published books to public schools, hospitals, and disadvantaged communities throughout the country. It has donated 200,000 books to various children’s communities to date.


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