Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 09 August 2018 15:50

Education Ministry joins forces with Fun Park Rentals to host National Play Day

- Families encouraged to attend mega-event on Sunday

The Ministry of Education is collaborating with Fun Park Rentals to host the 3rd Annual National Play Day to be held on Sunday, August 12th, 2018 at the Ministry of Education’s Ground on Carifesta Avenue.

The event which promises to be fun-filled will begin at noon and will go until 17:00hrs. Admission is free. Speaking at the launch of the event at the Red Cross Children Convalescent Home today, Chief Executive Officer of Fun Park Rentals, Ms. Athalyah Yisrael said that in 2014 she had the vision to deliver excitement to children.
She said that with this vision in mind, she opened her business. However, based on observation she soon realised that there was a problem. According to Ms. Yisrael, she recognised that children were not spending enough time playing outdoors.
She noted that research has shown that now children are spending the majority of their time locked into gadgets. As such, the idea of launching a National Play Day was birthed. She said that in 2016 the Inaugural Play Day was held at D’Urban Park, Georgetown at which point she had the vision of the initiative becoming a national event to celebrate children’s right to play.
Delving into what persons can expect at Sunday’s event, she said that there will be a “Black Panther vs. Spiderman” challenge whereby each person that enters the ground will have to choose which team they are on.
Although the event is geared towards providing children with the opportunity to play, Ms. Yisrael said that the adults have not been left out since an adult bouncy castle will be available for the older folks to bring out the child in them.
Assistant Chief Education Officer (Nursery), Ms. Samantha Williams noted too that children stand to benefit tremendously through healthy playful activities. news 20180809 5
She said that under Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have the right to play. Ms. Williams said that the launch of the 3rd Annual National Play Day is significant and should bring awareness to the benefits of play to the lives of children.
She said that ‘play’ is a crucial component to the development of the brain, body and intellect of a child. Further, Ms. Williams explained that some of the benefits to the child from engaging in play are value for teamwork, negotiation skills, use of verbs and prepositions and learning geography and mathematics. Additionally, she said that participating in play can help children to grasp educational concepts that may be difficult to understand in the classroom.
Further, Ms. Williams reminded the gathering that the Ministry of Education is currently in the process of curriculum reform. She said that the re-integration of play is not only left to the Education Ministry but that parents need to set aside time to allow their children to play.
At Sunday’s event, there will be personnel from the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on site to attend to any accidents which might occur as a result of all the excitement. The organisations that are supporting the event are the Ministry of Education, Small Business Bureau, Scouts Association of Guyana, the Leo Club of Stabroek, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Star Party Rentals, KFC, Sterling Ice Cream and Metro.
Persons interested in getting involved to support this initiative for children can contact Fun Park Rentals on 623 – 4386 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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