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From Play to Global Citizenship

Updated: Jun 13

For the first year, this June 11, the International Day of Play was being celebrated across the globe. This day emphasizes the universal language of play, surpassing cultural, socio-economic and linguistic boundaries. Play is not merely a recreational activity; it is a fundamental aspect of human potential, especially in children. It nurtures cognitive, social, and emotional growth. At IVECA, we recognize the transformative impact of play-based collaborative learning on child development and are dedicated to integrating these elements into our mission of fostering intercultural competence of global citizens.

By providing tangible or imaginable problems to solve with creativity,  playing facilitates building knowledge and awareness. IVECA’s learning activities are designed to foster students’ sense of belonging in global society, by engaging them with international affairs and their impact on local communities and their partner countries. These tasks require them to think critically and creatively, promoting a deeper understanding of global issues and diverse perspectives. By acquiring knowledge about different cultural influences and learning to navigate complex problems, students develop cognitive skills that are essential for global citizenship.

Play’s interactivity promotes social growth by helping children explore social dynamics, build responsible relationships, and experience compassionate teamwork through challenging activities with other members. IVECA often sets simulated intercultural learning environments where students can play multi-stakeholder roles to adopt various perspectives in tackling real-world issues in collaboration.  Through these interactive activities, students learn to communicate effectively and cooperate with peers from diverse backgrounds with compassion. 

Play also cultivates emotional advancement by enabling children to express themselves properly, manage emotions, and experience resilience-building. IVECA’s programs encourage students to share their feelings and perspectives on dynamic aspects of daily life, including both traditional and contemporary community practices.  Students can be guided to virtually participate in community festivals and play their childhood games with their partners overseas and exchange both joy and frustrations. While undergoing emotional challenges in such activities, they also learn the similar and different values and meanings behind the games and communities. These experiences teach students to appreciate the emotional nuances of different cultures, develop empathy, and enhance their ability to work collaboratively in diverse teams. 

On this celebratory day and throughout the year, IVECA proudly stands alongside this worldwide movement, using the universal language of play to educate, inspire, and unlock the boundless potential of students around the globe. By leveraging the power of interactive and collaborative learning, IVECA strives to build a more connected, compassionate world where students from all backgrounds can come together, explore new perspectives, and develop the skills needed to thrive as global citizens.



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