Children in Jordan learn through play with UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation

10 January 2019
Children in Jordan play with LEGO
UNICEF/UN0250052/Herwig
Children in a UNICEF-supported double-shifted school play with LEGO as part of the Learning Through Play partnership between UNICEF and LEGO Foundation in Jordan. The donation of over 3,000 LEGO Duplo Play Boxes and over 1,100 LEGO Play Boxes from the LEGO Foundation is reaching over 145,000 vulnerable children in Jordan, including Syrian refugees.

AMMAN, 10 January 2019: More than 145,000 children in Jordan are learning through play thanks to a partnership between the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF. Thousands of boxes with LEGO® play materials have been distributed in schools, kindergartens and Makani Centres throughout the country.

The support from the LEGO Foundation to UNICEF is helping children and their parents from vulnerable districts and Syrian refugees.

“UNICEF is delighted to partner with the LEGO Foundation to promote quality learning and provide psychosocial support for vulnerable children in classrooms and in their communities across Jordan,” said Robert Jenkins, Representative, UNICEF Jordan.

“Play is paramount for all children’s healthy development and fostering the breadth of skills they need to navigate a complex and uncertain world. We know that play is a critical means for alleviating trauma and building resilience, and that engaging in play-based activities with responsive caregivers will ultimately help to give vulnerable children a better path forward,” said Sarah Bouchie, Head of Learning through Play in Early Childhood, the LEGO Foundation.

In addition to the donation of LEGO bricks, over 1,000 Ministry of Education teachers and facilitators in double-shifted schools, schools in refugee camps, Kindergarten classes and Makani centres, are being trained in play-based methods that help children develop a broad set of skills.

Learning through play helps children develop five crucial skills - physical, creative, cognitive, social, emotional - that can improve the quality of their learning, help them recover from the trauma caused by conflict and other traumatic experiences and build their resilience.

###

Media Contacts

Claire McKeever

UNICEF Jordan

Tel: +962 795 15 4388

Multimedia content

Yousef plays with LEGO at his school in Jordan
“I feel very excited because I have achieved my dream and seen LEGO bricks right in front of me," says Yousef, 9 years. "We can make a house, an airplane, a machine and many other things using them.” Children in a UNICEF-supported double-shifted school play with LEGO as part of the Learning Through Play partnership between UNICEF and LEGO Foundation in Jordan.

Multimedia content can be downloaded by clicking below

About the UNICEF – LEGO Foundation partnership

The LEGO Foundation and UNICEF have been partnering since 2015 to improve children’s lives through the promotion of quality early learning through play. For more information on the partnership, visit here

About UNICEF

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook