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Play is incredibly important for children’s learning, wellbeing and for healthy brain development – the UN includes the right to play in its Convention on the Rights of the Child. It’s been shown that adding play to a child’s life can lead to significantly raised IQs, greater achievement at school and even higher rates of employment and wages in adulthood. Children in poverty are at major disadvantages which has a huge long term effects and outcomes.
There are very few play facilities available for children, and those that do exist are often unsafe or poor quality.
When children are in school, large classes and lack of facilities mean that a system of ‘rote’ (repetition-based), ‘one size fits all’ teaching is used by teachers, which means that children are limited in self-expression and creativity. This is restricting and frustrating for children as these are an important part of their learning. A lack of funding means that most schools do not have play equipment, and play is not seen as a priority by teachers. This saddens me deeply, especially in such a hedonistic, consumerist society where simple things such as education is take for granted massively. I am volunteering to spend some part of my summer in Uganda with these children, to build playgrounds and help with their teaching and learning methods. Much of the teaching in Uganda is taught by rote, or repetition of facts and figures. This approach is limited in helping children learn! The ‘Educational Play’ programme we will be helping to introduce, highlights concepts such as play-based teaching to educators and helps them to develop lessons that are multi-sensory and play-based, encouraging them to use their surroundings to create a more engaging and child-centred learning environment which is sustainable for the long-term.

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