The LEGO Foundation’s first large-scale project was initiated in South Africa in 2008 in the Atteridgeville township near Johannesburg. Today, we are building on the experience from this project and have made South Africa one of our geographic priorities in the Play-based Learning programme.
The LEGO Foundation has partnered with a number of organisations in order to achieve sustainable, systemic impact in South Africa. Together we work to reach and influence stakeholders that include governments, school systems, teachers and parents to embrace and use learning through play.
Through our projects and partnerships, the Foundation primarily reaches children aged 3–9+ in the provinces of Gauteng, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.
Care for Education
LEGO Foundation implementation partner responsible for training teachers and practitioners, developing play-based tools and curricula, and continued support for the Atteridgeville township. www.carefored.co.za
With UNICEF, we work to make play an integral part of national ECD policy and curricula, and to train practitioners in understanding and using learning through play. We engage in advocacy activities and teaching parents about the importance of play. The partnership has the potential to reach 4.5 million children. www.unicef.org
Training and Resources in Early Education (TREE) supports the LEGO Foundation’s research project on the impact of Six Bricks, a LEGO DUPLO® learning tool, on children’s executive functions (working memory, self-control and mental flexibility). www.tree-ecd.co.za