Inspiring children through play

There are many children who wake up screaming with nightmares -the nightmare of daily living does not give the child any respite -they may be in refugee camps,they may be fleeing bombs or sniper bullets, they may be under constant threat of being bullied or sexually abused -certainly few opportunities for them to dream of a better and safer future. UNICEF is trying to make these children’s lives more ‘child friendly’ through a basic approach -play.

Podcast: Inspiring children to dream, through play

For children growing up in crisis and post-conflict areas, opportunities for education and play are limited, and funding is scarce.  In the most recent edition to the ‘Beyond School Books’ series, UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with Ms. Cassie Landers, Columbia University, and Ms. Evelyn Margron, Tipa Tipa Program Country Director, on the importance of learning through play.  UNICEF is testing playground projects in Bangladesh and Haiti to inspire children’s dreams, to help them rebuild their confidence and rebuild communities.  Children are developing many skills in the playgrounds, such as learning geometry, verbalizing better and following rhythm. They are developing important social skills by learning how to play together and how to help younger children understand their capacities.
To listen to podcast click here.

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