It’s all child’s play at Sacred Heart as they host a play-date for refugee children

Children of Sacred Heart College and the Three2Six programme are paired up to encourage children to make new friends and engage in educational activities. Photo: Supplied

 

Play Africa and Sacred Heart College held an event on 6 June to encourage schoolchildren and refugee children to engage in a morning of fun activities.

The event hosted almost 400 children, about half of whom attend Sacred Heart. The other children belong to a programme called Three2Six which educates refugee children at various schools after hours from 3pm to 6pm.

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Children who attend the college were paired up with children from the programme to encourage them to make new friends while engaging in a variety of activities. Some of the activities included storytelling with props made from Lego, hands-on maths which teaches children about geometry, fort-building, experimenting with earthenware clay and writing love letters to someone or something they care about.

In total, there were 12 different stations which children could interact with and engage in new experiences.

Gretchen Wilson-Prangley, the CEO of Play Africa said, “Play is a basic human right of all children, and this is an opportunity for us to celebrate and champion that right while fostering social cohesion.

“We really believe in creating opportunities and new experiences to engage in. When you create the right environment you can make magic happen.”

Children of Sacred Heart College and the Three2Six programme are encouraged to enjoy a day of educational activities together. Photo: Supplied

Play Africa hopes to encourage children of all backgrounds to engage in playing together to help ignite curiosity and foster new relationships.

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