In small schools in India, kids often do not have toys to play with hence a Toy Library is a distant dream. School connect project is a unique solution to the problem faced by the thousands of school children and their parents. In this,we channelize the non–utilized toys from near, affluent areas to underprivileged children. It connects the two extremes of the society i.e. less fortunate kids with the more fortunate kids. This project ensures that it is cost effective and easily replicable.
Recognizing the significance of early childhood education, the Toy Bank distributes toys in Anganwadis to ensure development of child takes place through early stimulation through play-way methods. It also aims to increase the attendance of the children in Anganwadis. This project has received phenomenal response for its achievement in increasing the attendance of kids in Anganwadis.
One of the key objectives of Toy bank is to distribute toys to those children who are least likely to have them. With this thought, we also distribute toys at panchayat ghars and other rural communities in remote areas. This will ensure that the underprivileged kids in rural regions also have an opportunity to play with toys and games.
The Toy Bank through this project adopts a school. By adopting a school, The Toy Bank tries to ensures proper infrastructural facilities which includes setting up of proper furniture, painting the walls using creative graffiti etc. Along with all of these, The Toy Bank stresses on setting up of toy libraries in each school it adopts.
In order to impact all children, we create Toy Libraries for Psychosocial and other developmental & learning disabilities. Specific toys like braille board, sound toys, toys with different textures and surfaces are selected. We also create Toy Libraries for orphaned children, rescued child labourers and survivors of trafficking by ensuring Right to Play is reinforced.
To advocate/promote Article 31 of the UN Convention on child’s Right to Play, The Toy Bank builds a Safe Playroom in Municipal Schools of Delhi for children belonging to the economically weaker section. A well-equipped playroom with appropriate child friendly infrastructure (Child friendly furniture- Chairs, tables, cabinets, cupboards and walls) and more than 100 varieties of age-appropriate toys and board games to enable every child to participate in free play and recreational activities.
The playroom constitutes a variety of toys, board games, puzzles, musical games, soft toys, life skill games, storybooks and other educational toys, to involve children in physical and mental exercise. It focuses on providing Learning through Play. Since during these years, a child develops social, cognitive, physical, language, numeracy, environmental awareness, life skills and emotional well being that form the foundation needed to have a healthy future.
To mitigate the adverse effect of Covid-19 pandemic lockdown on the children from marginalized communities of India, The Toy Bank has initiated “Reach and Teach Program” in Municipal schools of Delhi to provide
1. Activity-based Learning kits and Toys to increase the access of learning aids at home.
2. Daily, E-learning activity worksheets, and
3. Virtual guiding videos and audios explaining the concept and how to conduct an activity at home to the students from first to fifth grade will be shared, as most of the parents are not capable enough to support the students in education. The E-Learning classes will also be flexible to the student’s availability to phones or any other electronic items so that no one is left behind.
The Initiative focuses on
• Strengthening their existing knowledge
• Promoting Emotional Stability during the house arrest
• To decrease the drop-out rate
• Equal opportunities to play in recreational activities