Play improves learning, cognitive awareness, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing.

Playful learning is critical to healthy brain and body development. Play gives kids tremendous learning opportunities, including how to work with others, manage feelings, think, plan, make decisions, and read other people’s emotions. Play also promotes physical fitness, creativity, self-expression, self-regulation, and healthy boundaries.

As Ann Gakubu, the Sports and play coordinator in Kenya says:

“For children here, play is more important than books. Most of them will only come to school to play. Which is a good thing. Because when they come to school to play, they are also supposed to be in class. So somehow they are also to get the education.”

Ceremony in Zambia.