Accepting differences through playing!
Over eighty children gathered today at 17:00h at the Sumice sport hall to play together. This Play Day initiative was a part of the “Bolji smo zajedno” nation-wide awareness raising campaign focused on the social inclusion of children with disabilities.
The media component of the campaign – carried out on national TV, radio, the Internet and social networks – is complemented by public events seeking to give the opportunity to children to play together and through fun and interaction learn to accept each other.
The underlying message is to support children in adapting their communication to their peers, and encourage them to learn different skills from each other. This Play Day also gave children with disabilities the opportunity to be seen in a positive perspective by their peers and to have an interesting common experience.
The well-known radio presenters Gorica Nesovic and Dragan Ilic hosted the event. The Play Day was animated by professional performers and clowns from Cirkusfera who played a wide variety of games for children. The learning part of playing was also present, when children were shown how to learn the sign language on music.
The main organisers of the event were Pancevo-based NGO VelikiMali and Bernard Brunhes International, with the support of children and volunteers from the Centre for Interactive Art In Stage, Organisation for Creative Gathering, “United Nations” Primary School, Centre for Protection of Infants, Children and Youth Zvecanska and the Red Cross Vozdovac.
The Social Inclusion of Children with Disabilities Awareness Raising and Media Campaign project is funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and managed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The overall objective of the project is to improve public knowledge and understanding of the benefits of social inclusion and the rights of children with disabilities in Serbia. Please visit the campaign’s website www.svadeca.rs.
For additional details, please contact Ms Olga Belosavic Milanovic, Communication Officer, Bernard Brunhes International: tel. 011 412 6837, 062 755 497, fax 011 3249076, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.