In Cox’s Bazar, the healing power of play is used for children who have made the world’s largest refugee settlements their home.
An international development program based in Bangladesh, Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) established learning spaces for 3,500 Rohingya mothers and children, using simple games to foster play, art and learning.
Involved in 17 of the 34 camps in the settlement, the so-called “humanitarian play labs” have changed the lives of mothers and children who fled persecution in Myanmar in 2017.
A study led by Monash University’s business school has found the mental health of children and mothers significantly improved after engaging in these play-based programs for a year.
One program was created for children under the age of two, to help mothers play with each other and their children in conducive ways, using basic household items such as pillows and clay-based trinkets that were handmade by mothers.
The second program was for children aged between two and six, where they attended early learning centres with Rohingya carers, who were trained by psychologists to pick up on important behavioural elements of the children.
Simple language games played in one-hour sessions between Rohingya mothers weekly found that those who had fled violent and traumatic events in Myanmar and in the camps benefited most from the intervention.
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