Johannesburg, – Play Africa (, the pioneering children’s museum and play-focused educational makerspace based in South Africa, is excited to unveil a Sub-Saharan Africa-focused edition of the Design Thinking with Children Fellowship Programme.

The initiative aims to empower up to 40 professionals or community leaders in Sub-Saharan African countries. With a successful track record of training over 100 community leaders, Play Africa equips participants with the skills and support to implement workshop adaptations of Play Africa’s Designing with Children approach. The approach makes use of a customised Design Thinking curriculum, empowering children to actively and creatively contribute to transforming their communities through ideation and prototyping of innovative solutions.

Play Africa fellows play a pivotal role in supporting the development of communities and cities that authentically reflect children’s thinking, creativity, and desires, while effectively addressing their specific needs. As partners with Play Africa, selected organisations, community groups, and institutions in these countries will have the unique opportunity to join Play Africa in reaching professionals and community leaders in these countries to amplify children’s voices and creativity while driving impactful transformations in communities and cities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

Partners will receive free access to comprehensive training and resources as well as personalised guidance and mentorship from the Play Africa Design Thinking team.

“We have been experiencing first-hand the power of Play Africa’s customised design thinking curriculum in empowering children to think critically, problem-solve and share their perspectives, ideas and desires for the spaces they occupy,” said Zvikomborero Kanyoka, Associate Director at Play Africa. ” We want every child to have this experience and through these partnerships we can inspire and equip the next generation of mindful innovators and change-makers, creating meaningful and impactful experiences for children within diverse communities across Africa”

The call for partners for the Design Thinking with Children Programme extends a warm invitation to institutions, organisations, and community groups across Sub-Saharan Africa who are dedicated to empowering children’s creative expression and building communities that place children at the forefront. Join Play Africa in creating transformative experiences for children, where their ideas and perspectives are valued and contribute to positive change.

The application deadline for the Sub-Saharan Africa Call for Partners for the Design Thinking with Children Programme is Wednesday, 1 May 2024, at 23h59 (SAST). Interested applicants should complete the application form before the deadline.

Together, let’s create the impact that changes the trajectory of the futures of children in our communities across the continent.

About Play Africa:

Play Africa is a pioneering “children’s museum” based at the iconic Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa, a former prison complex that is now the seat of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Play Africa operates in courtyards just 15 meters from the cell where former President Nelson Mandela was once incarcerated. As a cultural institution, its exhibits and programmes are designed to stimulate imagination, experimentation, innovation, and problem-solving in children, as well as their families and educators. Play Africa Group is a member of the Association of Children’s Museums, registered as a South African non-profit company (#2014/101533/08), and a registered public benefit organisation (#‪930048005‬) with Section 18A tax-exempt status.

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