Safe Spaces. Lebanon 2006. Objectives. Understand how Safe Spaces are implemented in both areas of conflict and development Apply the concepts of establishing an Emergency Safe Space. Why do we have them ?.
Safe Spaces are areas which are purposefully established to support children’s physical safety, as well as their ability to express themselves, play and learn.
There are a number of reasons why structuring activities in an SPA are important:
Children develop best if given a chance to use all 5 types of play: Creative; Imaginative; physical; communicative; manipulative, for younger children it is essential. Try to mix the types of activities e.g. alternating passive and active, and indoor and outdoor
Children need not only structure but free time also where they can express themselves exactly how they want to.
Children and parents opinions need to be included when structuring activities, they know themselves/their children what they enjoy most, at what times are most suitable and what other commitments they have.
Age specific activities and schedules, allowing time for younger and older children to participate.
Volunteers should plan a week of activities at a time, so that the children are prepared for the next events.
This should include:
Save the Children established their first Safe Space in the Bakaa, where one child at 8pm wanted to know.
“ Are you really going to open the gates for us to play tomorrow?”
This really is an important intervention that builds unity, friendship, and is so needed within our communities of Lebanon.
ALL CHILDREN HAVE THE RIGHT TO PLAY
THE RIGHT TO RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES
Please contact Save the Children for more information on how to establish a Safe Space and any additional assistance.