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In the rural areas of low-income countries in (East) Africa, children often do not get the chance to enjoy physical education. Although the governments make physical education compulsory, their policy is rarely translated into practice. Teachers are not educated in the didactic skills that are required to lead sports and play activities. The knowledge about the positive impact of physical activity on the development of students is often lacking, materials are too expensive and physical development is not considered a priority.

Meaningful education means more than success in math or reading. Join for Joy supports primary schools in setting up a structural, inclusive and fun Sports and Play program to support playful learning at school.

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Our driving force

In 2011, the year that Join for Joy was founded, one of the founders, Michiel Lowenberg, was diagnosed with Melanoma. Michiel’s playful character and boundless sense of humor has been a indispensable contribution to our team. Michiel considered it a privilege to have grown up with joy, love and support in his life and felt children all over the world should experience these values. His dedicated energy, razor sharp wit and happy go lucky nature made him an inspiration to work with.

In memoriam

The year 2012 was overshadowed by his loss. It is a privilege to have worked with Michiel. He will always remain a driving force within Join for Joy.

“I want to help children to develop their capacities, with the objective to let them participate actively in shaping their own future.”

Michiel LowenbergIn Memoriam
Minke Meijboom

Minke van Geen – Meijboom

Managing Director

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‘I get very excited from the fact that children get the possibility to discover their own talents within the Join for Joy Sports and play program. They gain a lot of confidence and self-esteem, which I believe is extremely important in life.’
Meike

Meike Smit

Country and Trainer Coordinator

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‘As a graduate at the Academy of physical education I know the importance of the influence of sports and play for the development of a child. It’s great that, with my passion for sports and play, I can show children and teachers the importance and fun of sport and play!’

Daan Hardeman

Country and Trainer coordinator

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“With my passion for sport and play, I have the privilege to train teachers the importance of sport for development. Due to our sustainable program in learning through play, children are highly motivated to go to school and stay at school to finish primary school!”

Martine Beijeman

International Program Coordinator

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‘Join for joy offers me the unique opportunity to be part of a tangible initiative, yet so large for many African children.’

Hilda Mbabazi

Sports and Play Coordinator Uganda

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‘All children have the same needs and the greatest of all to feel loved. I am happy I can offer the less privileged children to experience the joy in childhood through sports and play. I believe this will continue to motivate them to stay in school and remain focused on what they have set to achieve in life.’

Bruno Mugisha

Sports and Play Coordinator Uganda

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‘If we are going to ensure that all kids have the change to grow up fit and strong, we must among other efforts, eliminate the barriers to sports participation. Lack of physical activity contributes to inactivennes, and inactive children often become inactive adults. I’m truly glad to be part of this dynamic team that helps children enjoy being active every day.’

Edgar Silwimba

Sports and Play Coordinator Zambia

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‘Development goes hand in hand with sports, the contribution of sports to the growth of our nation cannot be doubted. Physical education helps promote a healthy and active society. I am glad to be part of this great project and the Join for Joy family. It is my sincere hope that this project will definitely change the approach both teachers and pupils have towards physical education.’

Sammy Thaimu

Sports and Play Coordinator Zambia

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‘One of my life’s philosophies is that I cannot pursue and achieve a dream all by myself without the help of other people. Whatever a dreamer needs is the right circle of people who will buy into their dream and support if it were their own. Hence, Join for Joy project is great for it contributes positive social change to young people in the community and transform their lives, and I am honoured to be part of it.’

Ruth Mwinga

Sports and Play Coordinator Kenya

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‘I feel honored working with Join for joy as Sports & Play Coordinator. Play is the most pure product of man at this early stage. It is through play that children attain sensory awareness, creative expression, exploration of ideas and concepts, the pleasure of singing and the experience of living among others.’

Monica Chege

Sports and Play coordinator Kenya

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“I believe play helps in holistic development of
every child, they are able to nurture their talents and explore their full
potential through play”

Michiel Schul

Board Chairman

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‘I hope that with our Sports and play program we can let children forget about their daily responsibilities and give them an unforgettable time.’
Hannah Kooren

Hannah Kooren

Board

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‘I believe that every child has the right to enjoy childhood but unfortunately many children all over the world grow up without enjoying the fun of sports and play. With Join for Joy we aim to inspire primary schools and invite their children and teachers to experience the empowering, joyful and connecting impact of sports and play.’

Elvira de Jong

Board

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“I support Join for Joy because I have seen the benefits of the Join for Joy programme with my own eyes when I was volunteering in Kenya. Sports and play are excellent tools to convey life skills to children. Besides this, it is a true pleasure to work with the ambitious and highly professional Join for Joy team.”

Annette van Andel

Advisor

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‘Sport is a great way to contribute to the social development of children (and adults), anywhere in the world. By combining sports, games and fun, young people involved in join for joy add value to the lives of children in Kenya and Uganda’

Aart van Os

Advisor

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‘Being member of the advisory board of “Join for joy” is stimulating, working with young passionate professionals who are eager to contribute beyond the country border.”

Alex Klusman

Advisor

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‘I truly believe in the power of sport and play activities as a meaningful contribution to the quality of life of children, as much here in Europe as in Africa.