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2016-06-02 06:00
Winkie Cebisa, of Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood Development, and children Simelwe Meslane, Inako Maceba, Solihle Mhlawuli and Ayavuma Mathetha in Harare. PHOTOs: Mbongiseni Maseko

Winkie Cebisa, of Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood Development, and children Simelwe Meslane, Inako Maceba, Solihle Mhlawuli and Ayavuma Mathetha in Harare. PHOTOs: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Hundreds of children from different crèches commemorated the World’s Play Day by participating in various indigenous games in Harare on Thursday.

About 810 children from 20 Early Childhood Centres (ECD) and six Sikhula Sonke Outreach Programmes gathered at Grassroots soccer field where they played, among other indigenous sports, Nopuce, Mgusha and Toti.

Winkie Cebisa, of Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood Development, said they organised the event so that the ECDs could meet and share information.

“We want ECDs to form relationships among them, to meet and network.

That will help them to share their different activities. Playing the indigenous games will help develop a bond between child and parent as they will be playing together,” Cebisa said.

Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood was formed in 2001.

It is also working with children between the ages of zero to five years in ECDs in Nkanini, Site B and Site C Monwabisi.

The event was organised in partnership with Come and Play, Nal’ibali and Umbono Art Media.

Nonceba Zenani, of Esibaneni Educare Centre in Monwabisi Park, applauded the event and said it will go a long way in developing children.

“The event is important, because children need to go out and they need to meet with other children for their development.

They also get a chance to learn about a lot of activities that they did not know previously,” Zenani said.

Themba Baleni, founder and director of Umbono Art Media, also said the event benefited children in many ways.

“We performed drama which informed children about xenophobia.

We want to contribute in the fight against it and also spread the message to children about it.

We also want equip children with information about abuse to ensure that they are safe at all times,” Baleni said.

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