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LOOK: Gender fairness inspires interior design students in renovating children’s classrooms

By Angela Casco

Graduating students of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) Interior Design Class of 2020 have redesigned the classrooms at Kalinga Day Care Center (KDCC) into gender-fair spaces. 

In a Facebook post, the university has shared the before and after photos of what they are calling, “Project Kalinga: Nurturing Spaces for the Future.” 

The collaborative effort, which involved UP College of Home Economics and faculty, and UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UP CWGS), hopes “to highlight the importance of having a gender responsive early childhood care and development (ECCD) program for women’s empowerment and gender equality,” according to UP’s official website.

A total of 10 interior design students tweaked KDCC’s reception area, kitchen, storage, and toilet: Dana Sangalang (project head); Erielle Ekong (quality control & site coordinator); Gaille Marquez (secretariat & procurement); Clement Ignacio (design head); Rizza Tabios (procurement & quality control); Steffi Yuquimpo (finance head & design co-head); Mikee Arevalo (CAD operator & procurement); Catherine Asejo (site coordinator & quality control); Angela Titular (externals & publicity co-head); and, Sophia Teaño (externals & publicity co-head).

New furnishing and two additional spaces—the dining area and the breastfeeding room—are now open at KDCC. 

The project is part of the redesigned ID 179: Special Project class for interior design students to engage in real-world scenarios, to embrace the discipline as one that “addresses significant issues and concerns in our society” through dedicating projects for select beneficiaries, and at the same time, learn meticulous planning, designing, execution, and post-evaluation of a project.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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