Due to its geographical location, Bangladesh faces various types of slow and rapid onset of natural disasters. In the coming years, the country will have to bear the increasing brunt of climate change. While relief work is swiftly undertaken by many organisations, there is work to be done on the long-term social and psychological rehabilitation of the people, particularly children living in the affected regions.
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31, “every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities”. It is with the goal of ensuring this right that BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BIED) started piloting 50 play centres in both rural and urban areas of Bangladesh since June 2015. This large-scale project, which will be piloting play centre models for the next five years, will cater to children as young as six months, to up to five years of age.