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Evaluation of the Foundation Phase Initiative (FPI)

The FPI provides training in LtP, learning materials and manipulatives, and aims to integrate play into the Foundation Phase (i.e. Grade R to Grade 3) curriculum.

The importance of play and its effect on the cognitive and behavioural development of young children is well recognised by developmental psychologists and early childhood development researchers. In South Africa, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) recognises the value of Learning through Play (LtP). However, lack of resources, training and understanding by teachers and parents about the importance of play has hindered its implementation. This ignited an interest in the LEGO Foundation Learning Through Play Six Bricks initiative. The initiative was adapted to the South African context, where it is referred to as the Foundation Phase Initiative (FPI). It is being implemented through a partnership between the LEGO Foundation, the DBE, UNICEF and Care for Education (CfE). JET was commissioned to undertake a clarification, process and outcomes evaluation of the FPI, which was planned to be conducted over two years. Findings from the first year included the need for data to be routinely collected so that evidence can inform management and progress towards attaining the expected/intended outcomes can be assessed.

 
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