“I strongly believe that social inclusion starts with young children and their eagerness to play,” posts Slovenian MEP Tanja Fajon on Twitter, after the recent Pop-Up Museum she hosted at the European Parliament.
TOY for Inclusion
TOY for Inclusion is the gateway to education and care for many young children of disadvantaged communities. The project's Play Hubs have obtained extraordinary results in eight European countries:
- Improved the transition experience of Romani children to schools.
- Improved children’s preparedness for formal education.
- Increased trust of Roma communities in the local services.
Over 4,000 children involved in Play Hubs activties
The project strengthens integration and social cohesion by bringing children and families from different backgrounds together. A particular focus is put on Romani, migrant and socially disadvantaged children. By creating Play Hubs at local level, TOY for Inclusion provides opportunities for children, adults and communities to integrate and develop.
What is a Play Hub?
The TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs organize play-based activities designed to help children develop necessary skills and knowledge for formal education. The Local Action Teams, responsible for each Play Hub, mobilize local communities around young children and organize intergenerational activities involving older adults with and without Roma background. Activities can take place in the Hubs but also in other settings in the communities, such as community centers, libraries, parks, squares, preschools, health centers.
The Play Hubs also function as parenting support hub where parents and grandparents can visit with their young children/grandchildren to borrow toys and books, and at the same time learn about how play supports children’s learning development and access information about other child and family-focused services and events in the community. Play Hubs are aimed to serve as centers for the community and reach beyond education and care, primarily by offering space for activities dealing with health, nutrition, etc.
TOY for Inclusion is active in eight countries: Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.
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On February 19th, 2020, the event will present the project’s success stories of inclusion. There are no children hard to reach, rather there are tailor-made services for children and families.
The new TOY for Inclusion Play Hub is located in Orehovica and is one of two in Croatia. The second one is active in Sisak.
A new mobile TOY for Inclusion Play Hub to be launched into the streets of Rome, Italy.