INCORPORATING 'MIND BODY SOUL' IN OUR APPROACH TO CHILD DEVELOPMENT
"A human rights based approach is a conceptual framework for the process of human development based on international human rights standards directed to promoting and protecting human rights. It seeks to analyse inequalities which lie at the heart of development problems and redress discriminatory practices and unjust distributions of power that impede development progress." (UNICEF.org)
Project Playground's work is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. It contains 54 articles, all of which are equally important as an entity, but with four basic principles that must always be considered when it comes to issues concerning children (unicef.se):
2. All children have the same rights and equal value.
3. The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.
6. All children have the right to life, survival and development.
12. Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.
In addition to these articles, Project Playground focuses on the following articles through our daily operations;
23. A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and, as far as possible, independence and to play an active part in the community
31. Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Project Playground recognizes the strives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for universal peace and has implemented it's mission into our daily work for a more equal society. Through Project Playground's holistic approach to child and youth development, several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are addressed. The goals in colour are what we are currently contributing to within our organisation.
BUILDING SAFER COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
Project Playground's work is in line with the aims and goals of the Western Cape Government Safety Plan which was created and implemented to build safer communities.
"Reducing and preventing violence calls for a holistic life-course approach, which recognises and responds to the different needs of individuals as they progress through their life trajectories. Therefore, solutions are necessarily long termed aimed at building the collective resilience of our households and communities to crime and trauma."(Western Cape Government Safety Plan)
MIND BODY SOUL METHOD
Project Playground is convinced that the development and success of a society can be predicted by how it approaches child development. Child development is governed by policies such as the ones mentioned above, that are effectively in place, set out by various departments within governments, but is also influenced by the socioeconomic impact, be it negative or positive. We hold these departments accountable through partnerships but also by putting pressure on duty bearers to implement what they have committed to. Project Playground is influenced and motivated by the efforts of law makers and global organisations, and draw much inspiration from the latest research and findings on child development. Our mind, body and soul method is developed and designed to foster independent individuals, who in their everyday lives strive to contribute financially, democratically and peacefully to the progress of the world. With a various amount of tools, we strengthen and develop: