We see play as a powerful vehicle for positive change in South Africa’s communities.


Why Play?


Play and Learning

Play Africa is part of a global movement that celebrates and promotes the power of play in learning. For young children, free, self-directed play is an integral part of early learning and healthy development.

Play is widely understood to spark imagination, enhance creativity and problem-solving capacities, promote teamwork, and instill empathy and compassion for others.

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Play and Learning

Play Africa is part of a global movement that celebrates and promotes the power of play in learning.
For young children, free, self-directed play is an integral part of early learning and healthy development. Play is widely understood to spark imagination, enhance creativity and problem-solving capacities, promote teamwork, and instill empathy and compassion for others.

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All Children Deserve Play

South Africa’s groundbreaking Constitution and laws safeguard the rights of children. But inconsistent enforcement of these laws means that children remain among the country’s most vulnerable citizens.

Many children in South Africa are growing up too fast, navigating a world created by and for adults. Across the country, there are few accessible and safe public spaces where all kids can just be kids.

All Children Deserve Play

South Africa’s groundbreaking Constitution and laws safeguard the rights of children. But inconsistent enforcement of these laws means that children remain among the country’s most vulnerable citizens.

Many children in South Africa are growing up too fast, navigating a world created by and for adults. Across the country, there are few accessible and safe public spaces where all kids can just be kids.

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Early Learning is a Key Priority in South Africa

South Africa has made expanding access to quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) opportunities a leading priority.

Our vision directly aligns with the values enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution, as well as its National Development Plan 2030, a strategic plan to build a more equitable and positive future for South Africa.



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Early Learning is a Key Priority in South Africa

South Africa has made expanding access to quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) opportunities a leading priority.

Our vision directly aligns with the values enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution, as well as its National Development Plan 2030, a strategic plan to build a more equitable and positive future for South Africa.

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Quality Play Yields a High Return on Investment

For young children, free play and the organising of objects and information in the world around them is an integral part of early learning and healthy development.

A growing body of global research shows that supporting early learning programmes delivers a far greater return on investment than similar programmes later in life.

Quality Play Yields a High Return on Investment

For young children, free play and the organising of objects and information in the world around them is an integral part of early learning and healthy development.

A growing body of global research shows that supporting early learning programmes delivers a far greater return on investment than similar programmes later in life.

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Advocacy

Play Africa advocates for every child’s right to play, for accessible, high-quality early learning and ECD opportunities, and for vibrant, safe, and child-friendly public play spaces.
We do this by:
•    promoting the importance of play for families and communities;
•    raising the importance of children’s play with politicians and policy makers;
•    collaborating with others to pioneer ways of improving access to quality play for all;
•    leading and supporting campaigns for all children to have freedom and space to play throughout childhood; and
•    empowering families, communities and educators to consider, promote and plan for play.

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Advocacy

Play Africa advocates for every child’s right to play, for accessible, high-quality early learning and ECD opportunities, and for vibrant, safe, and child-friendly public play spaces.
We do this by:
•    promoting the importance of play for families and communities;
•    raising the importance of children’s play with politicians and policy makers;
•    collaborating with others to pioneer ways of improving access to quality play for all;
•    leading and supporting campaigns for all children to have freedom and space to play throughout childhood; and
•    empowering families, communities and educators to consider, promote and plan for play.

 

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“Supporting early development through services and programmes for young children and their families is one of the most promising approaches to alleviating poverty and achieving social and economic equity.”

– South African Child Gauge, 2012