The Education and Development Foundation has helped establish networks of playgroups in different locations in Peru, on the coast, in the mountains and in the jungle. Also in some of the most complex neighborhoods of the capital city, Lima, to which families from all over the country emigrate, making up almost a third of its population. Also in Argentina, in the city of Rosario, in Chile, in Mapuche communities of the IX Region, near the city of Temuco, in Mexico in Chiapas and in Spain in Madrid and Leganés.
Our goal is to create play spaces, playgroups, where boys and girls can exercise their right to play and develop their motor, imaginative, cognitive and social skills.
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PLAYGROUNDS IN PERU
In February 2020 we had to interrupt all the face-to-face activities of the playgroups networks but, despite the confinement due to the covid pandemic, and at the request of the children themselves, we maintained some recreational activities online. In April 2020, with the beginning of the school year and the program of the Ministry of Education I learn at home we realized that time, computers and mobile phones should preferably be dedicated to this task.
Children and families asked us for support in this virtual education experience, which was new for everyone. The volunteers designed support activities for the official programmes, maintaining a playful character, but adapting to the contents and objectives of the official programme. The experience was very demanding, but also very rewarding for everyone. Directors of the schools previously evaluated the activities proposed by our volunteers and sent them to their students. When there was no internet, we had to go to the mothers' mobile phones, transforming some of the Ministry's documents into mp4 and PDFs so that they could reach those students who did not have Wi-Fi. We even ran a small fundraising campaign”Charge me with education” so that the children could send their work to the teachers through their mothers' mobile phones.