The Centre for Play& Innovation has registered a Non-Profit Organisation called Siyakhulisa meaning “Together We Grow”.
The aim is to further build our vision of development in both the private and public sectors and provide opportunities for development to as many South Africans as possible. The foundation aims to provide evidence based therapeutic programs to enhance individual and systematic development in South Africa.
The Foundation has four projects that will be piloted from January 2017.
1. The Pink Panther Project for Girls
The Pink Panther Project is a leadership development program for pre-adolescent girls between the ages of 10- 12. The programme seeks to teach girls that their voices matter and that they too can make a difference in the world around them.
3. Remedial Project
The remediation program will be developed by qualified Occupational Therapists and Psychologist, where approximately 60 children will be identified to work through a remedial program on a daily basis. The program aims to work with approximately 200 Xhosa speaking Foundation Phase learners, who will be assessed for scholastic, neurological and learning difficulties with appropriate referrals made to the Department of Health and Department of Education while suitable candidates will become part of the Ukukhulisa remediation project for 12 months.
2. The Boys Project (to still be named)
The Boys Project is a program that is being developed for young boys who are “at-risk” or would be institutionally classified as delinquents. The project seeks to re-write the script of masculinity and provide young boys with the space to learn what it means to be a man in today’s world and how they can be a positive influence.
4. Free play project
The Free Play project will work alongside the Remedial Project. This project is aimed at transforming natural areas into stimulating and developmental play areas within our communities. This will be achieved by working with qualified Occupational Therapists to create games and activities within the playgrounds from recyclable materials and nature and create spaces where play and development can come together.