Play teaches 21st century skills: collaboration, innovation, social skills. Playgrounds get kids excited about going to school and staying in school. And the process of building a playground can be a catalyst for real community change.
Play360 trains organizations to build low-cost sustainable learning tools (including playgrounds) as a means of improving education throughout the developing world.
A safe, inviting, dynamic playground gives children, in any community, the opportunity to challenge and explore their world on their terms.
Play360 trains local organizations who, in turn, work with many schools. Training local organizations is essential to wide-spread impact; local organizations are immediately connected with the language, the communities, and stakeholders.
Play360 playgrounds are designed for widespread adoption. We emphasize the local: we use local tools, materials and labor. Play360 provides a series of pictographic instructional books that allow community members - without the need of literacy skills - to build each playground element.
Each Play360 project is different, see below to get a taste of our activity through excerpts from the journal of one participant's experience in Tanzania.