One of the many things Care for Education does is donate Playboxes to organisations who need help with obtaining teaching resources for children. These organisations fill out our online application which includes organisational details, background and history. The practitioners who will be using the Playbox with the children will attend our Playbox training in order to ensure that they are able to facilitate learning through play in the best way possible. One of Care for Education’s main goals for this training is to encourage practitioners to become creative and innovative in order to use the Playbox to assist them in their lesson plans.
When we visited one of the ECD centres we had donated some Playboxes to we found that they had not only become creative, but had also sparked parent engagement through the Playbox. The principal of Motjoloko ECD Centre in Central Western Jabavu, Soweto mentioned how the parents were so impressed with the difference they had seen in their children through using the Duplo. Children were returning home from school sharing their excitement with their parents. The parents are now even considering purchasing Duplo for their children at home.
Mrs Mannini Mosebi, the principal of the centre mentions that the very first differences she has noticed in the classroom range from creativity, social skills and teacher confidence. Particularly in terms of social and emotional skills, she believes this area has improved the most in the shortest amount of time. “The activities they do with the LEGO encourages them to work together”, it is therefore through working together where they learn patience, teamwork and respect for one another.