Towards sustainable, systemic change in South Africa
The LEGO Foundation’s first large-scale project was initiated in South Africa in 2008 in the Atteridgeville township near Johannesburg. Here teachers from 25 primary schools were trained in hands-on, minds-on teaching and using playful, creative tools with some 45,000 students aged 5–12. We are now building on the experience from this project, and have made South Africa one of the LEGO Foundation’s geographic priorities.
The LEGO Foundation aims to create sustainable, systemic impact in South Africa by changing mindsets and behaviours around the importance of learning through play. We have teamed up with a number of organisations to achieve this. Together we seek to reach and influence stakeholders who impact children’s development and learning, including governments, schools, teachers, caregivers and parents.
Through our partnerships and projects, we work at the national level and also to implement local projects that ensure play is an integral part of how children aged 3–9+ across South Africa develop and learn. The majority of our local projects are currently based in the provinces of Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal.
LEGO® play materials: Adding colour to playtime
Colour identification is one way that LEGO DUPLO bricks are being used as a teaching tool by teachers at this light-filled sanctuary that lies in the middle of the noisy, energetic township of Diepsloot north of Johannesburg.
Breaking the poverty cycle through early learning and play
The Kids for Success Centre in the city of Kimberly is one of the ECD centres which received LEGO® play materials and practitioner training from the LEGO Foundation in connection with the #TowerOfImagination campaign.
LEGO® play materials helping join young hands together
For children in low resourced communities, LEGO® play materials provide a unique combination of both fun and learning. Read this case story from an ECD centre in the Limpopo province, which received a donation from the LEGO Foundation in connection with the #TowerOfImagination campaign.