The problem of poor classroom conditions, inadequate student to teacher ratio, limited student follow-up, stress-filled learning environments has led to an increase in school drop rates especially among young people of secondary school age. In addition, the outbreak of violence in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon since September 2016 has forced thousands of children of school going age out of school. More than 100 schools have been burnt down and children and teachers continue to be threatened and attacked for attempting to go to school. This has led to increasing the illiteracy rate and consequently jeopardizing the economic and social development of our communities.
LESPLAY employs creative methods and play to engage children and young people in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. The aim is for them to learn about rights, develop creative talents and skills in ways that are interactive and fun. Young people need to acquire additional skills to complement their education. We believe after school activities such as reading, Math and IT support; complemented with creative arts, play and other leisure activities would add value to their learning experience and increase their chances of success. LESPALY provides learning support, a place for play and a platform for children to speak about their experiences. LESPLAY applies child-friendly methods including drawing, sketching, painting and photography. Through tutoring and participatory action, young participants will also improve their skills in math, public speaking and IT. The other arm of LESPLAY will involve engaging with our partner schools and the local community through a LESPLAY Caravan and sporting events. A caravan of volunteers will visit schools once a month to engage pupils/student in LESPLAY activities.
We employ the use of creative arts for learning and self-expression. Participants are material and tools for sketching, drawing and painting. With the guidance of a supervisor will draw, sketch and paint events in their lives and surroundings. They will then provide explanations for their arts which will then be documented into different narratives
LESPLAY uses photography to develop a visual database of young people’s perspectives of their local area, stimulate discussions on various important issues affecting their communities and communicate their perspectives to the wider community.
LESPLAY employs role-play to help young people develop public-speaking, leadership and decision-making abilities, to discuss key issues affecting them and communicate to a larger audience.
LESPLAY provides a variety of creative and educative games including CHESS, SCRABBLE, LEGO, QUIZ; and outdoor games such as football and basketball.
Kids will work in groups on a project a theme or idea e.g. designing a child-friendly and green school campus. Groups work together to brainstorm and sketch their sketch their idea of a child-friendly and green school campus.