Latest News LEGO: Serious About Play All children have the right to fun, creative and engaging play experiences. Play is essential because when children play, they learn. (LEGO Foundation) Play is an vital part of a child's development, and for anyone who has ever visited LEGO's Headquarters in Denmark, you will know just how serious LEGO is about play. United World Schools know this all too well as two members of our team had the chance to visit LEGO HQ in Billund, Denmark as part of a three day 'Train the Trainer' course by Lego Foundation last year. DISCOVER HOW LEGO IS CHANGING EDUCATION IN OUR KINDERGARTENS INSPIRING THE BUILDERS OF TOMORROW Joining representatives from UNICEF, Save the Children, War Child and SOS Children's Villages, our Programmes Director Katy Brand (UWS Cambodia) and Executive Associate Sara Roberts (UWS UK) were made to feel right at home on the "Train the Trainers" course - they even received their own LEGO mini-me's! Creative learning was at the heart of the course. Workshops ranged from learning through play to collaborative games to creating activities with minimal resources. Sara returned to the UK office excited to test out some of the ‘Six Brick’ activities with the whole team. You can find a selection of these here. Meanwhile Katy flew back to Cambodia to lead Lego and Duplo training sessions with our Education Officers. Sara tells us about the training: “Katy and I had a truly inspiring time in Denmark. We had fantastic, practical training in how to use Lego as an educational tool, and had the chance to share ideas about implementation with some incredible organisations. The entire training was conducted in a playful way, which helped to remind us of the importance of play in a child’s development, and how important it still is for us as adults too. Both of us were raring to go when we got back. Lego has the potential to hugely impact the quality of educational provision that we provide, and we felt immensely privileged to receive the training to make this happen.” NEXT STEPS By the time doors opened in November for the new term, our Education Officers were able delivered practical sessions to UWS and Government teachers across each of school clusters who, in turn, have begun incorporating brick-based activities into their lessons. Boxes of Lego and Duplo have since arrived at Phnom Penh Airport and begun their journey across the country to our Central Office in Banlung. Escorted by our UWS Cambodia Team, these boxes of bricks are now being distributed to our network of UWS Schools and Kindergartens. READ MORE ABOUT OUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION Thank you to the team at the LEGO Foundation for this generous donation and the fantastic training that we received in how to use it.