June 8, 2023:The social arm of Gameskraft Group, Gameskraft Foundation and Anthill creations, a non-profit organization using upcycled material to build low cost, sustainable and creative playscapes recently announced their partnership. This collaboration is aimed at developing sustainable playgrounds in 7 government schools. This will be used by students in the age group of 6 – 14 years, who come from the low income groups of Gurugram and Bengaluru. The development of skills in children at a young age is very crucial for their future life, and this partnership focuses on enhancing their cognitive, physical and social development through play.
Swetha Manivannan, Head of Business and Design, Anthill Creations while emphasising the importance of play, in the overall development of a child points out how over 100 million children in India are deprived of avenues of play and how we will see it disappear from our homes, communities and schools. She added that a play area was a place of learning, collaboration and joy, and was a functional need of children. She mentioned how happy they were to collaborate with Ganeshkraft Foundation that was making a difference in many lives and she looked forward to working with them together on many projects.
To create sustainable playgrounds Anthill Creations’ uses upcycling materials like metal drums, scrap tires, and other locally available materials. The first sustainable playground was built by the, in 2015 and started by a group of architects from IIT Kharagpur. A larger team is now in place with a continuation of the same spirit of innovative solutions, for educational play indoors and outdoors.
The playscape in the Government Higher Primary Secondary school in Garudacharpalya was set up under the joint collaboration of Gameskraft Foundation and Anthill Creations. The school ground was completely transformed into an interactive play area which was made with 446 kilograms of upcycled tyres and metal.
The various features of the playscape are – swings, a slide play station, seesaw and a rocket wriggler. While developing this playground, the holistic development of the child was kept in mind.
One single ground has made an impact on 537 lives. In order to support Anthill 25 volunteers from Gameskraft also visited the site keeping in mind the objective of sustainable play.
Rishi Wadhera, Head of Corporate Communications and CSR of Gameskraft Group, said that outdoor play was an integral part of every child’s development that helped their physical, social and emotional growth.
Anthill as an organisation is focussed on sustainability and assistance in the skill development of the children of India. The accent being on playful learning.
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