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Joyful Kids Play Center: Slum-run Centers for the empowerment of children (2-5 years) through play

The mission of this project is to train low-income community mothers in highly deprived slums to run educational Play Centers for pre-school children using locally sourced materials. This will promote & enhance the Mothers' parenting skills and empower them to improve their children's education and health through play.

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This project will be focused on in highly deprived urban slums in Nigeria where there are no primary schools or kindergartens, children have no books or toys, most parents are illiterate and have no knowledge in childcare practices. Because poverty is their number one companion, they have low aspirations for themselves and their children. This harms child development and prevents children developing the creative-thinking skills & sound mindsets they need to break out of their relentless misery.
Joyful Kids Play Center will work to support children and their families in low income urban areas through creative early education programs that will be run by the mothers in the various communities themselves. We will do this through a multi-pronged approach: play centers run by community mothers, community empowerment, health awareness and promotion, and child sacrifice prevention initiatives. The play centers will target children in the age range of 0-5 and will help them to develop key numeracy, literacy, and creative thinking skills through interactive activities.
User Perspective
A 3 year old orphan Olumide lives in Obada Oko slum, Ogun state, Nigeria. Here there is no viable or low-cost school for kids in poverty and there was little stimulation at home because his guardian is an illiterate and was never know much about childcare practices. In this scenario, we will train his guardian, along with other Mothers to run a Play Centre in Obada Oko. These women volunteer to teach all the pre-school children (including James). With this development, Olumide can learn numeracy, literacy, problem-solving, concentration & social skills through play. His guardian will be able to learn how to inspire kids like Olumide, prevent diseases, improve nutrition & how to educate her kids through play at home. This is a WIN-WIN scenario for Olumide and his guardian.
Nonetheless, this project will succeed because there are so many deprived children in Nigeria & across West Africa whose life long problems could be solved by having access to this initiative. Our focus will be to prototype this, and ensure its scalability across boundaries. To do this we will engage in training of trainers’ model - training & supporting teachers and mothers to deliver the program. This would ensure greater reach, reduce cost & increase viability & strengthen existing systems. 

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

This project will be focused on children 2-5 years and mothers living in low income communities in Nigeria and across West Africa. Providing creative learning experiences for mothers that empowers them to drive change in their immediate community.

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

Task 1: Adopt a community (Obada for instance) Task2: Call for volunteer mothers (5) Task3: Train them in all aspect of the Joyful Kids Curriculum Task4: help to secure a good location and establish the center Task5; measure impact

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

Feedbacks, partnership, and sponsorship

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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I like all the ideas that have to do with children but in this case they are also instills values ​​for the future or responsibilities without neglecting the creativity and imagination of children.

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