In Botswana, 93% of children under the age of 5 do not have access to Early Learning & fail to reach their potential in cognitive development. Poverty, poor health and nutrition, as well as the lack of early stimulation holds these children back. In 2017, Priyanka founded Learn To Play with the vision to ensure that access to high-quality early childhood education was a right and not a luxury.
Through our playgroups, educator training & positive parenting programmes, we ensure:
Increased access to quality childcare i.e. more children who are well nourished, meeting developmental
milestones, protected from infection, disease, violence & toxic stress;
More children in childcare means more women entering the workforce;
Strengthening family-child relationships
Uplifting livelihood opportunities for once marginalised women;
Advocating for policies to enhance quality standards for early childhood care & education industry wide;
Break cycles of poverty, violence & crime (evidenced by Heckmann equation).
We’ve already uplifted the lives of more than 12000 children and their families, educating 42
mamapreneurs & over 200 educators.
Since 2017, we've opened operations in 11 communities and we've seen how education & nurturing care are intrinsically linked. We've learnt how important a dedicated, child-centered play area is & how working in strong partnerships can do more for a community than any single organisation. We provide healthy snacks for each child in our playgroups and parenting programs are being launched in all our communities to help build vibrant villages.
We've prioritized mindfulness, child protection, social and emotional development, and creativity in all our programming. Our mission is to make play-based early learning accessible in Africa. Quality early childhood development should not be a luxury.
We thrive on partnerships and provide trainings on our unique approach to educators, schools and organisations across the globe. Learn To Play offers different play-and-learn products, courses, and toolkits to demonstrate how scalable and easy to implement our approach is. Contact email@example.com if you want to play for impact in your community.