Play & Community
Between school obligations and their responsibilities at home, many children of the underprivileged backgrounds, especially girls over 6 years of age, have little play in their lives. To resuscitate and nurture this vital space of growth and development, we envision community programmes of play.
Given the vulnerabilities that young children from underprivileged communities are exposed to, we created a programme within communities that uses play to buoy the positive abilities and experiences in a child’s life. We call this Tackle Caravan.
The idea of the programme is to enable children access to a plethora of media and resources that they can then choose to engage with at will. Held on premises of a government school and facilitated by trainee play facilitators, the playspace is set up to have various stalls: Story telling, colouring, music, movement, games, art & craft, etc. The children can choose which stall to engage with at any point of time. Indeed, the uniqueness of the programme lies in the fact that it is children who decide when they come, what they learn, and how they learn.
Tackle Caravans are held at select venues on Saturdays throughout the school year.
Every summer, we hold a series of 10-day camps at various government schools in Karnataka. The aim of these camps is to create a vast fun-filled playspace bustling with multi-art activities (music, art & craft, dance and theatre) and games, such that all participants can immerse themselves in the joy of play. All children from local communities are invited to participate! Typically, the camps are facilitated by trained play facilitators, the akkas and annas that the children come to cherish their time with. The camps culminate with the grand finale to which all adult caregivers are invited to come join in the fun.