Regina Sinko 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, the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced.

But, in many communities across East Africa, children spend time out of school looking for work or helping with chores at home, rather than playing. Play is often viewed by adults as a waste of time, with little understanding of its importance for children. There are very few play facilities available for children, and those that do exist are often unsafe or poor quality.

My aim is to volunteer with EastAfrican Playgrounds and help transform a load of holes in the ground to a beautiful place where children can enjoy and fully experience the wonders of childhood. Regina Sinko