“When I go back home, I can build one myself.”
IBTASEM playground in Lebanon
Children have the right to a safe childhood, an education and to play. IBTASEM playground has been designed in response to the large number of Syrian children now living as refugees in Lebanon. Visiting the informal tented settlements in the town of Bar Elias, Lebanon, as well as the schools that have been built to provide education, a main realization was that there was a lack of space solely dedicated to children. A space that would simply allow them to be children, such as a playground, such as IBTASEM!
Playing is what children do best, so imagine using the act of play in design practices as an empowering tool for communities.
The children developed a sense of ownership towards the playground. They knew that their role was very important;
“I am here to build the playground with you, so when I go back to Syria, I can build one myself.”
Shahd, 5 year old.
Right To Play Lebanon (www.righttoplay.com) supported the project by donating basketballs, as well as providing training for three of the schoolteachers on how to use play for education, therefore efficiently using the playground space.