Taking inspiration from nature and using ideas seen in other successful playgrounds using recycled and natural material, we proceeded to rehabilitate and develop a section of the land in the museum into an interactive exploration playground/children’s garden. The recent phenomenon of children’s gardens – both the landscape design and the educational play activities that are integral to their implementation – is based on the key concepts and research that demonstrate how children learn through play and provide strong evidence that outdoor play experiences in natural settings are essential components for building knowledge in many fields, as well as personal skills. It is also evident that spending time outdoors can be vital For mental and emotional healing for children experiencing trauma, violence, deprivation, and insecurity, as the case in Occupied Palestine.
Everybody deserves to play, and Palestinian children will find a suitable place for that at PIBS. Play is vital for being human. It impacts how we learn and grow, srengthens our bodies and minds, teaches us how to communicate and solve problems, builds self-esteem and confidence, helps foster empathyand develops the skills we need for life.
The Playground started with a fund from the Playgrounds for Palestine and received complementary funding from the Rotary Foundation, from Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order (USA), and from the Jerusalem Fund which collectively cover the expenses for (a) Infrastructure for the Playground including an amphitheater, terracing, soil, wood, etc., (b) Playground and exploration area material, (c) Supplies for gardening (tools, seeds, seedlings, etc.), (d) Program development and activities (trainer, transportation, etc.)
- Inspires all communities by creating playgrounds for people of all abilities.
- Taking inspiration from nature and using ideas seen in other successful playgrounds using recycled and natural material, to develop interactive exploration playground.
- Create a responsible interaction between society and the surrounding environment
- Create a sustainable environmental awareness
- Linking Children to our nature
- Helping children to develop their own plot of land in the “community garden” and take knowledge to “green” their own backyards, roofs, walls, and communities to create a sustainable local economy.
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