I'm sure you've heard the saying: there's no I in team. It's true. Engaging in sport and play is a great way to grow as a person, while learning the importance of respect and teamwork.
Play teaches children important life lessons that can be used both on and off the field. It's why we use games to educate the children in our programs around the world about inclusion and acceptance, showing them that every child has the right to play.
Bridges, a game that literally connects the children to one another, our Coaches teach the kids how to work together towards achieving a common goal, while overcoming challenges. This game is one more way we're building peaceful communities and working toward the
UN's new Global Goals.
Our approach is simple: we believe if learning is fun, children will better absorb the knowledge and develop positive interacttions with one another. Our programs focus on communication, acceptance, conflict resolution and inclusion—all of which are needed for peace.
The game begins with asking the children to break into teams and line up at the starting line, while facing the finish line. When the coach says go the teams form a human bridge—connecting with one another using any part of their body—behind the start line.
Here's where it gets tricky. Only a certain number of body parts can touch the ground: four hands, four feet and two knees. Strategy is important, so each team is given three minutes to discuss their plan. After three minutes, the Coach says go and the race begins. Each team works towards moving across the play area, as quickly as possible while staying connected as one unit. The game only ends when all of the players have crossed the finish line.
After the game, the children are encouraged to reflect, connect and apply what they've learned about the strategy their team used and why it worked. Strengthening this thought process encourages the children to apply their experience playing Bridges to future situations in order to reduce conflict.
Using games like this, teaches children about inclusion, providing them with the skills they need to make a positive impact in their communities. And it's working: in Pakistan, children in our programs are 14 per cent more likely to play with children from different community groups than those not in our programs.
Bridges, building peaceful communities is a race that requires each and every one of us to work together to reach the finish line.
Our Impact: Peaceful Communities
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