How we do it

Burundi.jpgChildren learn best through play-based activities. All of our games are specially designed to provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to overcome adversity and to tackle the challenges affecting their communities. We tailor our programmes to local context and need, whether it’s health concerns, lack of education, conflict resolution or all three.

Our weekly programmes provide children with a proactive routine. This helps them develop newly acquired​ skills and attitudes to positively influence lasting change. 

We believe a child’s behaviour is determined by their experiences and the influence of important people in their lives. It’s why the volunteer Coaches who run our programmes are the community’s teachers and local role models and become important players in each child’s life, cultivating trust, self worth and confidence.

To ensure lasting change, we use a process of Reflect, Connect, and Apply.

For play to be an effective teaching tool, children must understand the lesson being delivered and be able to relate it to their own life experiences. At the end of every game our Coaches – as trained and trusted role models – lead children through a three-stage discussion:

1) Children reflect on the experience of the game.
2) Children compare and connect what they experienced during the game to a similar experience from their own lives.
3) Children explore how they can apply what they’ve learned from the game to an area of their lives.​