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South Africa, 4 February 2016: Lego: Adding colour to playtime

© UNICEF South Africa/2015/Reddy

4 February 2016 – “Tomatoes are red and apples are green,” exclaim an enthusiastic group of twenty three-year-olds at the Diepsloot Pre-School as they proudly hold up red and green Lego bricks in their little hands.

Colour identification is but one way that Lego is being 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.

The excitement of the 25 children in each group is palpable as teacher Gertrude Peyani opens the colourful box and announces “It is Lego time!”

A recipient of four boxes from the Lego Foundation, the school has been using the boxes as a teaching tool for the three and four-year-olds. Two teachers from the school received training from the Foundation on how best to ‘teach’ Lego.

Explaining the difference that the training has made, teacher Gertrude Peyani declared: “I feel empowered and proud when I see Lego these days because now I know what to do to make a difference.”

“There really is no limit to the potential of what can be taught by Lego,” exclaims Ms. Peyani.

Read more about UNICEF's partnership with the Lego Group Foundation.



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