03 Jun Penreach Celebrates World Play Day
Penreach recently celebrated World Play Day under the theme “Rediscover Play, Recover Through Play” where we hosted nearly 1000 children to participate in 40 games designed to activate their imagination and encourage creativity.
The theme was in recognition of the challenges societies across the world were confronted with during the pandemic that led to a loss of teaching and learning time for many young children in early learning programs.
Playing is a fundamental part of children’s development and as psychologist Penelope Leach states, “For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.”
The event took place at the Penryn College rugby fields, where children from 45 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres from communities across the Ehlanzeni region such as Mkhuhlu, Daantjie, Kabokweni, Matsulu and Barberton were represented.
The children had plenty of fun playing games that contributed to their physical, cognitive and social development while also interacting with Mrs Mpumalanga as well as the Ilanga Mall and TracN4 mascots.
We’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to the following sponsors for making the day such a huge success; i`Langa Mall, Nelspruit Remax, Mrs Mpumalanga, Ntataise Lowveld, Cotlands, Nelspruit SAPS divers division, TracN4 and Buscor.
It’s our responsibility as parents, teachers and members of society to ensure that children have a safe and happy environment where they can play and learn without any social impediments that restrict their development.
Through our ECD and various other programs, Penreach encourages learning through play as one of the fundamental cornerstones for children’s development.