Laura Snape So I signed up to the East African Playgrounds Gorilla Trek to help raise funds and build a playground in Uganda this summer! East African Playgrounds has built over 300 playgrounds across Uganda in schools, community centres and refugee settlements and the playgrounds have so many benefits for the children and local community.

Not only do these playgrounds provide a great place to have fun, make friends and play together but they have been proven to increase school attendance and enrolment, reduced antisocial behaviour and increase the perceived importance of children having their childhoods.

This is what a teacher from Kawule Primary School said about how the playground has improved the school and teaching:
"Before the playground was installed, I would struggle to teach topics, such as budgeting and money, due to lack of resources. But ever since the playground was installed, I have been using the play shop for the children to learn through role play, resulting in the children grasping the topic much faster and with deeper understanding."

Alongside building playgrounds East African Playgrounds also run educational play programmes which increase the use of play-based teaching, resulted in deeper more connected learning outcomes.

The charity also provides opportunity for vocational training. In a country with an 85% unemployment rate for young people this is something that will really help people have greater opportunities in the future. There is also a huge focus on using local materials and involvement from the local community so that the building of each playground will benefit more people than just those directly involved in the school.

What difference your donation makes:
£5.11 can give one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground.
£21.83 can educate a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in.
£73.80 can equip a street connected young person with everything they need to learn the basics of welding, from their own set of work boots through to ear defenders and glasses.
£131 can teach a community of caregivers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as how to maintain their playground.
£197.61 can train a street connected young person for a month to become a qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme.

If you would like to find out more about my Gorilla Trek (and maybe sign up to join me) then head to this webpage https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorillatrek2019
Laura Snape