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inspire, promote, monitor , support early childhood learning & development skills by creativity,eg,talking, singing,toy, doll making at home

This idea encourages parents,caregivers & community engage in practical learning,like talking,singing,making toys,dolls,to inspire infants

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Updates: How has your idea changed or evolved throughout the Prize? What updates have you made to this submission? (1500 characters)

it is important to note that observing children's behaviuor and what they are able to do (functional abilities) is the simplest way of assessing them. apart from children who have problems in vision and children with hearing problems, all other learning needs can be assessed using checklists development for ordinary learners. for children with visual difficulties, activities like sorting objects according to colour is the simplest functional way of assessing them. the care giver should learn how to work, play and live better with above group of children. together , children can discover that life is exciting and full of fun. help them gain confidence. help them to be themselves and as dependent as possible. do not leave the child in classroom in case of outdoor activities such as physical education. A learning environment is considered as area that surrounds the children where learning is taking place. you may consider the space available, the cleanliness and security from danger; adequacy and suitability of materials, children's movement; updating materials ; suitability if indoor and outdoor play area; arrangement for easy reach of the materials; children's contribution to the learning environment. arrangements of the learning environment : divide space into well-defined areas. choose names for the interest areas that children can understand. plan areas to accommodate many types of play, home corner, language, creative art, music, block, shop, sand and water.

Name or Organization

Rural Women and Youth Coordination-RWYC. Registered as NGO/CBO- Reg. No. LDLG/2016/091


We are located in northern Uganda, working with women and youth on empowerment training on social enterprises, and life skills. This challenge is as a result of young mothers who would not concentrate in the training sessions. It was from experience as most infants like to grab or torch whatever you are holding while you carry him, curios, stubbornness, you have to look for what should you give him to let him play, hence try to occupy him to make something, a toy, or a doll and go on

What is your stage of development?

  • Early Stage Innovator, with at least one-year experience in ECD


  • For - Profit

What is the stage of your proposal?

  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

Describe your submission in one clear sentence

Our idea aims to engage all parents, caregivers, teachers and communities to provide children with toys, photos, or pictures with attractive colours, after some time try to let them draw the pictures themselves, besides let them make objects like toys or dolls with materials in what may be like a play, fun making although starting may seem like tiresome/disturbing but it would provide them with early learning and development skills at home, with caregivers, teacher and communities as well

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (600 characters)

The solution will help to stimulate and sustain health growth of young children, create a conducive learning experience and environment or exposure for young children, and enable families, caregivers and community members to plan and carry out the tasks relating to brain development of young children by seeing,saying and doing, as well as children's rights and promoting community development. To enable the programme to succeed, the project aim to support families, caregivers and community with materials and guidance to inspire, promote, motivate, monitor and support early child development.

Select an Innovation Target

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries.

Tell us more about your innovation (1500 characters)

in regards to this challenge; our approach is linked to creativity, inspiration and life experiences from early childhood to adulthood. everyone is borne in this world with equal ability and rights to grow and develop all the talents and skills for the benefits of all. the world is developed out of inventions, innovations, skills, talents and more, created by us. so we can let children learn better starting at early stage, encourage families to begin such creativity and skills by inspiring them as they see ,say and do monitor children at very early stage naturally, like, encouraging parents to use their free time to provide picture make homemade toys of different kinds from the materials we provide or any other natural materials which they can get from their own means, preferably using those with attractive colours. this is very useful as the child will be watching closely, keenly with curiosity he will get to know that things could be made, and he can also try to make it. children learn naturally and learning goes hand in hand with growth and development. they should not be forced to do any activity which they are not ready for, nor be confined in knowing a few things or ideas. this means, families, caregivers and community have to join hands to be more than any other, so the parent must carry it along to the childcare centre or make those toys for the child to learn even when they are out of home. the first 3 years to be stage of inspiration or creativity of all kinds.

What problem are you aiming to solve? (3 sentences)

The first teacher/caregivers are the parents, every new born child is curious, sensitive and subject to developing wrong or good ideas or whatever, with first experience or exposure, when see pictures,try to draw what they see, parents to inspire, and enable the child to be creative as early as possible, since children learn through senses; seeing, hearing, touching and feeling through real life & practice experiences. love encouragement and confidence, play and use of various materials, etc

Explain your idea (5000 characters)

CHILDREN REMEMBER: a-90% OF WHAT THEY SAY AND DO provide children with toys or dolls, and pictures or photos for example for pictures start with few objects or pictures. pictures should be simple and clear. collect pictures of: the environment- plants, animals, mountains, water bodies-rivers, lakes, ocean including fishes, and others that live in the water; pictures of man-made: like pictures of machines, shops, super markets including the foods we have and farms. -tell them the names of the different things which they are seeing , always tell them the names and let them call each name use the materials to let them make toys, dolls of what they are seeing like animals, vehicles, computers ,and others. After picture activity, let them play: sand play, water play- like fishing game, floating objects, example -light object, and sinking heavy objects, soaking clothes and dissolving sugar, salt, and teach them simple songs, like fishing, fishing... floating, you do each action, one at a time. b- 70% OF WHAT THEY SAY AND WRITE. tell the children the names of each object in the pictures, after some time provide them with crayons or maker pens and ask them to try to draw what they can see, as they call the names, just for fun, do not restrict them, as they may hold the pens in any way and draw anything or any shape, as they continue they would gradually learn from you everything that they had seen from you. c-50% OF WHAT THEY HEAR AND SEE. as they are seeing the pictures keep on telling them what they are seeing on the pictures, including their uses, where they are found, what we can make and what is there by nature. d-30% OF WHAT THEY SEE. provide them with colourful pictures and photos, simple and clear to make them follow easily. e-20% OF WHAT THEY HEAR. tell them the names and uses of what they are seeing in the picture, and toys or dolls, plus simple stories, may be about the pictures, let them learn to talk about them too, gradually they try to tell stories too ; and make them sing some songs . f-10% OF WHAT THEY READ,( this part may not be possible at very early childhood stage, of childcare) RWYC works with women and youth, and over 80% are young families. we also experienced child care problems, as our participants could not have enough time to learn nor find somebody or a place to take their children for care. To this end, RWYC had to intervene by opening a temporary centre at separate block to help us take charge of children, supervised by a retired teacher, to ensure the children are well taken care of,learning and developing skills at early childhoods and should not miss anything as far as brain development is concern. our commitment will be to support the caregivers, the parents and engage the community to join hands to support innovations that will impact child development, through close collaboration, interactions, constant communication and exposure to all development areas. the experienced teachers play the role of designing the approach and programmes. the centre advice and support parents to inspire, be creative to their young children and that they learn easier and better when they ready for it, through play acquire language skills, mathematics concepts, scientific investigations and others. thus children learn from known to unknown, from easy to difficult and from concrete to abstract. above all children need a stimulating environment that helps them to experience the active learning, getting maximum care, health, safety, user friendly materials and environment.

Who benefits? (1500 characters)

we expect all infants to benefit better from this service and will engage parents, guardians , caregivers and communities as direct and indirect beneficiaries to get involved actively in early childhood learning and development by helping them to make and say what they see, because when we care about the future, it should not imply that we are concerned about material things alone , without taking into account who would be in control then. and who will inspire , promote, motivate, monitor and support their creativity. they are curious and need our guidance in the right direction, for them to attain their full potential.

What kind of impact will your idea have? (1500 characters)

This centre is set to provide infants with full conducive learning environment, which are lacking in this region , most young families relied on baby seekers. the centre will help with supporting materials for inspiration, creativity, play and more as they come in contact other caregivers at the centre. the children will enjoy, experience care individually and as a group, growth and development, socially, physically, morally, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. help children realize their learning capabilities at this stage of development. help children develop creativity in all areas of learning, that is, by inspiration, try to present materials according to age and understanding of the children. help children to live in harmony with others. the centre will provide the parents with materials for home work for example homemade toys of all kinds.

How does or how could your idea impact low-income children? (1500 characters)

The majority of the young mothers whom we train do not have someone or caregivers to take care of their infants during the training sessions in social enterprises and life skills, which empower them as the disadvantaged in the labour market. the has open up a daycare centre at separate location supervised by a retired experienced teacher now taking care of infants providing them with learning and development experiences. we are looking forward to full-scale of the service to benefit more children.

Innovation: What makes your concept innovative? (1500 characters)

This idea is innovative in that it will open way to new approach to make learning and development more practical and participatory, right from home to community, through fun, play as early as possible either than leaving children to wait for schools to decide for us from wherever they like, and a child may not like the way a teacher is introducing a strange idea to him, what may appear so difficult, but if we introduce through fun, play and creativity, when the child is actively taking part at very early stage, builds more interest and courage that can only be expanded, better than a totally new thing, although toys and doll are bought for most children at homes and other places. they need to learn how to make them as they play and develop.

Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of end-users. (1500 characters)

The centre will supplement the role of the parents, and work closely with them, by encouraging all the parents and communities to get involved in their children's education; monitor children's learning and make assessments; provide guidance and counseling; prepare programmes that will attract parents and learners. the centre will create conducive learning environments for the children. we will ensure the parents that all children are alike in many ways but learn at different paces, and each child would be catered for individually, and that what they learn at this stage makes the foundation for all later learning.

Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (3000 characters)

We are in Uganda, working with women and youth. we empower communities through training in social enterprises and vocational life skills. we have opened childcare centred to provide daycare for their children while attending the training to enable young mothers concentrate on training session. we started with 15 by last year, and now we have over 30 infants. we make with them toys of various developmental objects through play and fun making, they learn how to fix, assemble materials like wooden blocks, floating light objects and sinking heavy objects, soaking, dissolving objects in water, pulling, fitting and joining pieces and more. they develop social kill among themselves, like sharing, turns operation, leadership and ideas of mathematical concepts of sorting,shapes, length weight, height, small, round, square, parent making and counting. our teachers are already actively implementing this new idea and our clients are appreciating, as this makes interesting playful and direct learning ideas and skills.

Business Viability: How viable is your business model? (1500 characters)

we will help parents and communities collect materials needed to implement our idea which we will always provide for free for home activity to parents who may not be able, although it would not be certain whether parents would take time to practice them at home, but we will continuously encourage them to do so.

HCD: How have you used human centered design to build or refine your concept? (1500 characters)

we would like to incorporate user feedback survey results, since this is most appropriate with us. Feedback help us to identify areas of concern and work on them timely.

Tell us more about you (3000 characters)

As we work with young mothers,when we experienced that most of them are having infants without caregivers, we became concerned as from time to time the mothers would leave training to attend to the kids at any moment, interrupting their training sessions, so we came up with idea of opening a daycare centre in separate rooms, that would serve the purpose to enable young mothers concentrate full time on training. we have involved nursery school teachers, retired experienced teachers, and community working hand in hand in the project.

Do you have the people and partners you need to do what you’ve described? (500 characters)

We would need financial support to help us implement this idea into full project because we lack the means to provide this service to the poor families, who may not afford to provide for most of the requirements for their children's learning at the centre. If we could win this prize it would be a great start and it would enable us to open another centre in other locations as well.

As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (1800 characters)

so far we are involving retired experienced teachers who are supervising our project implementation by monitoring and making assessments during the course of the project.

Would you like mentoring support? [Relevant only for Early Submission Deadline]

  • Yes

If so, what type of mentoring support do you think you need? (1200 characters) [Relevant only for Early Submission Deadline]

we would like to know from our mentors how best we can carry out this idea, what we need to do or know, where we can correct, adjust or add and more.

Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with Gary Community Investments?

  • Yes, share my contact information

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Photo of Hoa L

Hi Obua,
This is a really good idea. Engaging children at an early age is realy important. I am curious about your plans for including children with disabilities including children with multiple disabilities and complex medical needs. Everyone needs access and inclusive opportunities to learn and grow. Wishing you the best!

Photo of Rwyc Obua

Hi Hoa,
Thank you very much for your comments. Yes, everyone born alive has a right to proper brain development and we all have a role to play in child development plans, so that no child is left behind or misses a future. That is why we want to involve every child as early as possible. This would enable each of therm to develop a liking or willingness to develop in that direction.
Thank for your time.
Godfrey Obua