Facilitating learning, development, and healing for refugee children through play.
BRAC Humanitarian Play Labs
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Humanitarian Play Labs bring BRAC's signature low cost, high quality play-based learning model to the humanitarian context of the largest refugee settlement in the world in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. They integrate playful learning with child protection, psychosocial support, and linkages to critical services; incorporate relevant cultural traditions; and engage both Rohingya and host communities.
CHILD-CENTERED, CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES, CHILD PROTECTION, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, COUNTRIES IN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS, CULTURALLY SENSITIVE, DEVELOPING ECONOMY, FAMILY ENGAGEMENT, GENDER EQUITY, LOW RESOURCE ENVIRONMENTS, PLAY-BASED LEARNING, PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT
What are Humanitarian Play Labs?
“Above all else, we want everyone who comes through these doors to know that they are safe here. While the situation outside may be uncertain, children can come here every day and be themselves. They can be happy and free.”
Hamida Akhter Jahan, BRAC Psychosocial Counselor
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Focus areasCHILD-CENTERED, CHILD FRIENDLY SPACES, CHILD PROTECTION, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, COUNTRIES IN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS, CULTURALLY SENSITIVE, DEVELOPING ECONOMY, FAMILY ENGAGEMENT, GENDER EQUITY, LOW RESOURCE ENVIRONMENTS, PLAY-BASED LEARNING, PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT
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We are always looking for partners and funders to help us refine and expand the Humanitarian Play Labs model. Please contact Devon McLorg, Director of Education at BRAC USA, for more information on implementing the model.
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BRAC Humanitarian Play Labs take an innovative approach to education in humanitarian contexts by centering learning around play for improved educational and socio-emotional outcomes.
Learners in Humanitarian Play Labs are empowered with a supportive, engaging, and joyful learning environment that enables them to be resilient and build better futures for themselves.
Designed to use materials and manpower that are readily available in low-resource, rapidly changing environments, the Humanitarian Play Lab model can be flexibly and inexpensively adapted and scaled across various humanitarian contexts.
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