Starting September 2015, yearly, over 9,500 children from rural areas in Moldova will have the opportunity to benefit from socio-educational activities through the “game library” service.
The Game Library is a social service that offers alternative and participatory solutions for free time organization in disadvantaged communities. It nurtures positive values and helps to unlock the potential of every child, contributing to their cognitive, social and cultural development. Thanks to this service, children become more resilient. Adults (parents, youth, teachers etc.) are also welcome. Therefore, through the interaction within the game library, the community relations are empowered and strengthened in a positive and relaxing way.
This service was created by Terre des hommes Moldova in 46 schools from rural areas, within the “For a violence free life for children in Moldova” project, financially supported by the OAK Foundation, and “Making the school a child friendly environment for Roma families” project, financially supported by the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland.
In order to develop the service, during the summer of 2015, Terre des hommes Moldova organized four training sessions for 83 teachers who currently work as animators in game libraries. Further, in collaboration with the schools, there were selected appropriate spaces for the game libraries. These spaces were endowed with games, toys, books, carpets, materials for sports and creative activities.
Supplementary to their core purposes, in the “Making the school a child friendly environment for Roma families” project, game libraries become a tool in improving educational inclusion of Roma children. But in the “For a violence free life for children in Moldova” project, the participation of men in protecting and educating children is encouraged. Therefore, the games library has the role of a safe space where innovative techniques to promote equal involvement of genders, mothers and fathers, in children’s education will be used. These new methodologies will be also applied in other seven games libraries that were previously opened by Terre des hommes.