We talk a lot about inclusion in the classroom, but what about the playground?
It comes as no surprise that more often than not, children enjoy playing. But do all children get to go to the playground and play? As it turns out, unless they are all able to use the equipments, the answer is no. Should this situation remain as is? A small Hungarian company has come up with a plan to change it. Its name: Magikme.
What drew my attention to them was their mission: revolutionise the playground.
Their innovative approach means that they have been able to make more playgrounds accessible to children with Special Education Needs in Hungary. While special schools might be their first supporters, mainstream schools or local authorities outside Hungary might want to consider what they have to offer. The potential for creating playgrounds that are safe for all to play in is tremendous.
What supporting a project like this means: ensuring that children play together and treat each other with respect and care. It means that in the playground just as in the classroom everyone is included.
The project started in Hungary in 2013 and came about after 5 friends saw a need for inclusive playgrounds. 3 of them are parents of children with Special Needs. In 2015, it gained traction and raised over £8,000 for its IndieGogo campaign to build their first equipment prototype.
Why support the project?
It is a project which has the potential to change the way children play and the perception of disability in schools or playgrounds. If you wish to support it get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
or how to teach children about diversity and inclusion
One Dear World started out when Winnie Mak Tselikas was looking for a toy for her son. It occurred to her that there were no suitable toys that would represent the world in its diversity. This is how she and Rafael Tselikas came up with the idea of creating a set of dolls representing people from around the world.
Meet the Dear Dolls
This unique set of multicultural soft dolls consists of 16 dolls from different cultural and ethnicity groups. In this crowdfunding campaign, One Dear World is offering 4 dolls: Hope (African), Jun (Eastern Asian), Lea (European) and Parth (South Asian). Through this collection of dolls, One Dear World wants children to be able to appreciate and love themselves as they are, respect others regardless of the racial and cultural background they come from, and see themselves in a future where everyone is included.
These four friends can enable children to know that while there are people that may not look like them, they should still care about them and treat them with respect.
An Indiegogo campaign was launched in March and it currently has over 300 backers. We are only a few days away from the end of the campaign as it will close on 19 May 2017. You can support the project by sharing its indiegogo page, its social media and donating. Above all, see this initiative as an opportunity to have conversations around raising children in a multicultural world.