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.
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.
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 van Geen – Meijboom
every child, they are able to nurture their talents and explore their full
potential through play”