By providing information on nutrition to support early development on food packaging, parents in developing areas will be given information crucial to support their child's development, without them having to do anything!
A project to support early development in small communities by setting up PlaySchools. These will be set up by support staff, who will train local volunteers in early development, nutrition for young children etc., as well as learning games, music an
Yeah, we were describing that mothers who are in a position where they have to choose between going to work or looking after their child will be able to go to work safe in the knowledge that their child is okay and is in a supportive environment!
Donations for toys and learning materials sounds like a nice idea - this would probably have to be done in conjunction with an existing charity or aid agency - do you have any idea how this might be organised?
Thank you very much for your sharing. Yes, good things always take time, so don't worry, I believe your improved idea will be better and better and I am looking forwards to it~ the pretty and durable thing is the best choice for children to play. Some researches says that color of toys contributes the development of children brain development. By the way, i also think that hygiene should also be an important topic in this idea, because the toys will be reused everyday and it is necessary to keep the toys as clean as possible
Training community members is definitely one of the most difficult but also more important concepts in this project - and indeed, the functioning, scalability and sustainability of the project depends on the local volunteers being able to run the playschool on their own once the support staff leave. One of the most difficult problems to consider is local languages, and this is why we are now hoping to use an existing organisation to help us launch this idea - by using an organisation that already has communication channels and an understanding of the culture, we will be able to make informed communication with communities. In terms of the material we want to teach, there are a variety of options available to use, but the focus must be on working with local people to ensure that they have a strong context of the developmental and nutritional information that is specific to the materials that will be available in their area. Our idea at the moment is a system of lessons and workshops to teach the basics, and to have support staff work in the playschool for the first while to ensure that all volunteers are comfortable with the main ideas, and that they are able to deal with the running of the playschools. If you have any thoughts on effective teaching methods in these situations let us know!