A. is a girl with an intellectual disability. Due to cognitive and communication barriers, she does not go to school like her peers. A. has few friends; therefore, she often plays alone at home even though there are not many toys in her house. A. only goes out when she is accompanied by an adult.
To enable children with disability to integrate with their peers, ChildFund Vietnam aimed to build an inclusive playground in Na Ray village, Bac Kan province, where A . and her family are living.
When project officers and the Organisation of People with Disability (OPD) in Na Ri district proposed to build such a model, T., A.’s mother and her family completely agreed with this idea.
The Inclusive Playground for Children with disability in Na Ray commune
ChildFund Vietnam subsidised the cost of purchasing toys such as tents, bouncy animals, teddy bears, slides, and swings for the inclusive playground. T. and her family spent time decorating the playground, turning it into a child-friendly place.
Since June 2022, the inclusive playground has created an environment for A. and other children with disability to have fun with their peers. A. has been able to communicate and interact with more friends than before. She can also participate in games to promote her physical development and enhance her imagination or creativity through drawing activities. Many children in the village often visit inclusive playground, making it always vibrant after school and on weekends.
Children taking part in activities in the playground
Witnessing the positive changes in A., T. happily shared: “Ever since the inclusive playground was open, children come to play with my child more often, my child is happier, braver and has learned to turn on and listen to music by herself.”
To maintain the operation of the inclusive playground, ChildFund Vietnam has taken part in developing a set of operating regulations. Members of Na Ri OPD are assigned to supervise the activities of the playground while the Village Youth Union regularly organises activities for children in the summer.
The construction of the inclusive playground for children with disability in Na Ray village is one of ChildFund Vietnam’s approaches to raising awareness of families and local communities about inclusive education for children with disability.