Last March 12, 2016, St. Matthew’s Publishing Corporation launched its newest publishing imprint called Tala Books, and its first publication, Junior Ipon, a financial literacy workbook for children.
Tala Books is where education makes a difference at every turn of the page. Through Junior Ipon, it aims to make a difference in the financial education of the Filipino youth, especially in addressing the problem of children dropping out of school due to lack of financial capacity.
The book is designed to make saving and entrepreneurship enjoyable for children. While being fun, the book takes on the challenge of building up a child’s confidence in making personal choices.
Junior Ipon delivers learning through the third learning strand of the Alternative Learning System’s curriculum which is the sustainable use of resources and productivity. Its activities reinforce the knowledge and awareness gained through concrete and practical applications in their daily routine.
The content provides an age-appropriate and culturally-sensitive material in the Filipino language and designed especially for children aged 8-12 years.
Junior Ipon makes financial education a challenge for everyone to teach and learn by involving families, teachers and friends to contribute to the child’s understanding of the lessons.
About the Author
Mark Kevin de Guia finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Information Design at the Ateneo de Manila University. In his senior year, he served as president of Ateneo Gabay, the organization that provides academic and peer support for the university’s scholars. He also graduated as one of the Loyola Schools Award for the Arts Awardees in the field of Graphic Design.
Mr. de Guia is is a teacher fellow of the 2014 Cohort of Teach for the Philippines, a non-profit organization that enlists some of the country’s most promising young leaders to teach for two years in public schools in different parts of the Philippines.
About the Imprint
The name of the imprint expresses its two Filipino origins which mean “star” (talà) and “to write” (talâ). Just as stars are symbols of hope, Tala Books is a platform for authors to write with hope and to pass on the same through the open pages of a book.
Hope is made tangible and real each time a child uses Tala Books. As bits and pieces of the dreams, hopes and experiences of socially-driven authors are handed down to its young audience, Tala Books builds up relevant life skills to empower children.
Tala Books is a specialty educational publishing imprint of St. Matthew’s Publishing Corporation. The imprint aims to publish educational books that are geared towards a practical approach in achieving social change.
Tala Books welcomes writers who wish to use educational publishing as a platform for their advocacies. Send your book proposals for Tala Books and inquiries on Junior Ipon through firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 426-5611. View Junior Ipon’s info booklet at http://bit.ly/AboutJuniorIpon. For more details on the publisher, visit www.stmatthews.ph.