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community children as innovators- providing child friendly spaces.

Children and young people are our most valued and at times most vulnerable citizens. They are our present and our future. By securing their future we ensure the future of our universe. Yet in rural Kakamega County, children are to ‘be seen and not to be heard’. Such attitude towards upbringing of children suppresses children development requirements which inhibits their creativity, innovativeness, active engagement in learning and other developmental spheres. play, modelling, music and movement and active learning methods are the sure way of turning around this with involvement of not only care givers but parents too should play with their children.

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Parents and ECDE care givers organise termly events with parents to engage children into play activities. The care givers work with parents to collect locally available play materials for children use in early childhood centres. Parents also work with children and teachers in making teaching and learning materials as well as play materials so that children are able to learn from their parents in a different setting, learning centres. It is a low cost yet highly effective engagement model with children.

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Beneficiaries will be children aged 3-5 year old who are enrolled at Early Childhood Centres or still at home. parents as the primary care givers of children will gain the skills and knowledge about play and actively engaging with children.

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

1. Work with parents to collect locally available play materials for younger children. 2. Discuss the procedure and process of parental partiicpation with children and build on the available community play opportunities with children. 3. Engage with Early Childhood Development experts especially in the area of play and development.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

1. Child play and learning experts to share and discuss the model. 2. OpenIDEO community on available programs and how they are working for learning purposes. 3. Experienced Early Childhood workers on what they have learned over the years. 4. Some parents about the views and what solicit their views.

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • Yes. I am ready and interested in testing this idea and making it real in my community.


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