Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
In 2013 we purchased toys for 8 playgrounds (one shared by four small schools that are very close). This year we deliver the playgrounds at schoolhouses and train teachers to learn to teach playing. The education team of the foundation makes monthly visits to small schools and evaluates project implementation. The face of the children in the toy giveaway event was amazing! Some wanted to take the toys home, where they don't have, which motivates us to strengthen this project with more toys. Additionally, we awoke interest for teachers to make toys by recycling disposable materials such as bottles, cans, etc., so that each child can invent their own toys.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
So far, the project benefited eleven schoolhouses, twenty teachers and 300 children using toys. Improvements are noted in learning numbers and letters, but especially the emotional bond created between students and student-teacher is reinforced: learn to share, play together, be creative, imagine, regulate the times of the game, they are learning from childhood that stand through games. In addition, sports equipment that allowed teachers to work about the game, the team and other important values such as health was delivered. Through soccer equipment, small schools joined the Global Meeting of soccer organized by Rural Community Network.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
We are seeking to replicate this project in twenty-five other rural schools where we are working from the Foundation. While there are some schools that have received State material for forming playgroups, teachers received no training or follow up on their use, therefore, we seek strengthen the government's program to complement our tracking and toys for small schools that don't have any. Besides in some small schools is necessary to expand the space for play and sports areas, putting for example soccer arcs and playground equipment from recycled material.