“Sport can play a role in improving the lives of individuals, not only individuals, I might add, but whole communities.”- Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General
By its very nature, play enables stress-free and joyful participation, inclusion and development. At Magic Bus, the pedagogic value of play is capitalised upon by creating an atmosphere in which the playground can become a metaphor for real life, thus enabling sustained learning. Each session is therefore focused on creating a joyful and safe atmosphere that ensures that each child participates in an experiential learning process that is facilitated and scaffolded by an able mentor.
“Sport is increasingly recognized as an important tool in helping the United Nations achieve its objectives, in particular the Millennium Development Goals. By including sport in development and peace programmes in a more systematic way, the United Nations can make full use of this cost-efficient tool to help us create a better world.” –Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary- General
“Sport has a crucial role to play in the efforts of the United Nations to improve the lives of people around the world. Sport builds bridges between individuals and across communities, providing a fertile ground for sowing the seeds of development and peace.” –Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace
The use of Sport and Play at Magic Bus
All Magic Bus programmes are based on the pedagogy of play. Using sporting activities as the basis for engagement, sessions with youth and children enable consistent engagement over extended periods of time, thus enabling sustained learning.
Magic Bus believes that there is an equally urgent need to ensure that children across gender, class, race and caste barriers are given the right to safe and joyful play. For us, play is a crucial right – not only in itself, but also as a tool to help children access other rights.
Through the use of play, we have shown that communities, youth and children can all learn more effectively, apply consistently and finally exercise choices that enable them to improve their lives.