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BASF builds sixth public playground for Vietnamese children

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – BASF Vietnam has launched its sixth public playground in Vietnam and its third in HCMC to benefit about 1,000 children in District 12’s An Phu Dong Ward.

Situated in the An Phu Dong Community Learning Center, the playground was built in partnership with Think Playgrounds, An Phu Dong Ward’s Youth Union and An Phu Dong Ward’s Community Learning Center to promote creativity and exploration among children in the district.

Featuring a creative design, the playground and outdoor toys are built using child-friendly and sustainable components, including wood, rope and reusable materials, such as used tires.

The project will provide children an opportunity to have an engaging interaction with nature and instill the habit of reusing and recycling from their early age.

“As one of the leading players in the chemical industry, we want to combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. In addition, investing in the next generation of scientists and future talents is a priority for us. Therefore, we want to support the country’s efforts to prepare the younger generation for future success,” said Erick Contreras, Managing Director, BASF Vietnam.

“Learn through play is crucial for children’s physical and mental development and we believe the new facility will provide the lesser privileged kids a great outdoor place to interact, play, and develop multiple skills.”

Nguyen Tieu Quoc Dat, co-founder and PR director of Think Playgrounds, said, “In 2019, we conducted a site survey at the An Phu Dong Community Learning Center in our effort to create a creative playground . This center offers education to 20 kids from needy families and most of them are working off their school times to support their families. The new playground will not only help them and other children living in the neighborhood to develop their physical and cognitive skills, but also promote connection and a sense of sharing among them to create a sustainable community.”

BASF Vietnam has also been carrying out multiple community projects. For instance, BASF has partnered with Saigon Children’s Charity to renovate schools to enhance facilities and improve hygiene and safety conditions. Moreover, the firm annually organizes the interactive education program BASF Kids’ Lab for primary school students, and offers BASF Virtual Lab, a website for primary students to do fun online chemistry experiments.

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