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Recycled Amusement parks for children that are all inclusive.

Play is an essential part of creativity and children can be engaged in creating their own playgrounds using what is around their environment

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

To begin with, I started a not for profit company Ecoart Uganda that aims at creating enviromental awareness through art.Ecological Art or “Eco Art” is a contemporary form of environmental art created by artists who are concerned about local and global environmental situations, and who take art making to a functional format.My idea is creating more recycled playgrounds with the children ideas. This is something I started in 2011 and we just completed a playground for children with disabilities that was generated from the ideas of the children themselves using waste materials and as such we engage a discussion on climate change, Play and sustainability. My idea creates ownership of the play areas by the end users themselves and in East Africa, a lot of schools, communities lack play facilities which we could use these ideas to be replicated all over the world.

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WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

Currently, a Master student at Oslo and Akershus University college where the thesis is about the field work carried out in Uganda at the Kampala school of physically handicapped, creating an all inclusive playscape with the ideas of the children. Art critic Bernard Berenson theorized that creativity begins “with the natural genius of childhood and the ‘spirit of place.’ “Ruganzu Bruno, is an eco-artist from Uganda committed to creating environments which support healthy childhoods. He is transforming space, waste and environment by creating playground elements around the world utilizing salvaged wasted. He is altering the landscape the lives of youth in the slums of Kampala, Nairobi providing children the opportunity to play, learn, explore and engage in a new way in their urban environment. Two playscapes in North Carolina with the help of local communities.  Through his play interventions, he addresses the global mental and physical challenges universal to urban communities, due to the lack of play and connection with the natural world.

Ruganzu has been residence artist at McColl Center for Art + Innovation as ArtPlace America Environmental Artist-in-Residence. He created a sculptural play element that responds to environmental changes and also mitigate runoff at the Art&Ecology Campus at Brightwalk. Committed to social engagement and art which addresses a community’s needs, Ruganzu also lead workshops, work with students, teachers and residents leading experiences which provide experiential learning opportunities on utilizing salvaged materials to create learning experiences, business innovation and art.

Trained as a painter and sculptor, Ruganzu Bruno is the founding curator of TEDxKampala, the winner of the the first City 2.0 Award in 2012 and a lecturer in the department of Art&Design at Kyambogo University. He also is the recipient 2011 Young Achievers Award (Art, Fashion and Culture) winner, 2011 Planet Women Photography Competition(Uganda) winner, Rio+20 Plasticity International competition (Capturing Gold category) award 2012. The project took second place in Visible Awards 2015.

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Dear Ruganzu Bruno How is the planning going? Have you spoken to the non profit "East african playgrounds". we have supported them for years and they are one of the best playground building non profits in the world. www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org. Please contact Tom and Carla as I am sure they would be interested in talking with you too.

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#SpaceForAll,Yes this is another step for the Eco artists to yet challenge our minds and body with no boundaries ,to create more play spaces ,for children #using what is around Us,a m on doubt.Ubuntu spirit!

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Ruganzu, its so interesting to see that you want to take Your Project around East Africa. All the best

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Thank you Emamanuel, any way you can get this closer to Your village, community or School, let us know

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great idea maaaannnnnnnn

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Thank you

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Ruganzo, playgroundideas.org is interested in helping you create recycled play spaces in easy Africa. What do you need? 

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Marcus Veerman . Collaborations is everything. It has been long over due since we met in 2012 and got to know about #Playgroundideas  so basically East Africa needs more playgrounds that gap learning and play.

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Well @Ruganzo Bruno   we can help with new designs or workshopping your designs to improve the strenghth/ safety/ play value etc. when do you plan to start?

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@Marcus Veerman , Project begins in April 2017. Would appreciate Your input on the above mentioned areas as they are all core to sustainable playscapes.

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Ruganzu Bruno A polite thank you for the great idea. You have got my full support like it has always been. let us make Sustainable development a Reality. #PlaySpace4All

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Eroku Prince  Welcome aboard our team, you have always been with us on the last two projects in Uganda and specifically great contributions to the playground at Kampala school of physically handicapped, making your ideas of more inclusive and bringing on board a team of other deaf artists. For sure, you are an inspiration and game changer who we can benefit on. 

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Ruganzu Bruno , this is incredible! Your idea will not only empower children but also families and schools, to take charge of their environments. Good luck brother!

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Beatrice Achieng Nas , Your one of my heroes and most definitely ayour community library works well with our playground ideas and so I predict a Collaboration.  Good Luck and lets talk more

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Wow, Bruno being my mentor and the fact that you take each step in life with Enthusiasm. That spirit to see the world change at zero cost but mind impacting innovation. Greetings from NIESBUD( National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development) Noida, India.

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Thank you Solomon and m aware like previously, we rely on you again on continued collaboration. All the best with the presentations in India.

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You are welcome come Bruno, am always here in case of any support.
Cheers.

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Wonderful, Ruganzu!!!! Hope you and all children will win this challenge!!!! Tons os love from Brazil!

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Thank you amazing friend Daniely, always heart warming to receive greetings and best wishes from Brazil. It will be epic and impactful to get this grant and how many playgrounds we can actually build together with the children and community.

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Hi, very brilliant idea. But does it really work for youth and unemployment?

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Hi Chiefkeya, thank you for an interesting question. The problem of unemployment is too wide and needs different angles of approach. In my interest, child play is priority in sparking creativity, making stuff which all lead to creating. This is the category of inform and inspire.