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Goethe-Institut to hold seminar on risky play
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Goethe-Institut to hold seminar on risky play

The Saigon Times Daily

Children are seen playing at a Think Playgrounds public playing space - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

HCMC - The Goethe-Institut in Hanoi will hold a seminar on the importance of risky play for children on October 6, with the participation of professionals from Vietnam, France and Germany.

Social and environmental factors are impacting children’s opportunities for outdoor risky play. Today’s children spend more time using iPads and watching television than being physically active outdoors. Parents are often too concerned about their children’s playing outdoor games or exploring outdoor areas. Being too safety-obsessed can result in making children shy away, becoming less physically fit, especially for motoric skills, and not learning how to assess and manage risks.

Professionals from France and Germany will share their practical experiences and insights from their respective countries with modern educational theories to be adapted to the Vietnamese context.

This seminar offers an opportunity for participants to get into dialogue with the guests on issues of life skill development, and more importantly, ways to help children develop in harmony and happiness.

Guest speakers include Bianca Elgas, CEO of Kukuk Kultur, which develops, plans and builds Europe’s unique experience, play and outdoor spaces for people of all ages; Sarah Kassler, co-owner of Sensomoto, an atelier focused on benefit interaction between people, public space and nature; and Nguyen Tieu Quoc Dat, co-founder of Think Playgrounds, a social enterprise with the mission to create public playing spaces for children in Vietnam.

After this seminar, professionals will work with the community in Dong Anh District on Sunday to design a risky playground.

This seminar is part of a series of events called the Play Campaign. The aim is to build a dialogue with the community about the importance of playing for the mental and personality development of children. The program is supported by the German-French Culture Program, the Goethe-Institut, the French Cultural Center L’Espace Hanoi and other sponsors and partners.

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