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A picture book about play

Currently Twiga dukina is developing a picture book. This book will be titled ‘Twiga dukina – the importance of play-based learning’. It seeks to promote play based learning to everybody who works with children in Early Childhood Development (ECD), between 3-6 years.
This book will make sure that people understand what young children are supposed to do in ECE schools, ECD centres and at home.

In the book the importance of play will be explained through a metaphor and many illustrations, which will help beneficiaries to understand easily why they should give children time to play, explore, discover, create and develop, so the child will be able to evolve and thrive!

Why a picture book for adults?

A picture says more than 1000 words. The book is written for those who work or live with children in the age of 3-6 years old (eg. parents, ECE teachers, ECD caregivers, TTC tutors and students) or who work with their parents (Community volunteers).
Many parents can’t read or do not have enough reading skills to read text easily. Also students, caregivers and teachers do not always master excellent reading skills. The images will help them to understand ánd remember the message of this story very well!
The images of this metaphor will stick into their minds and their daily life activities will remind them the story regularly.

How the book can be used and by who

This book can be used by tutors, trainers and coaches as an introduction story for ECE teachers, ECD caregivers and Community volunteers during trainings and for TTC students during lessons.

It can also be used by ECE teachers, ECD caregivers and Community volunteers. to read to parents and other members of the community, during parent meetings, community meetings, Umuganda, Akagoroba k’ababyeyi and so on. Especially at the beginning of each academic year this is important, so parents will know what they can expect their child to do in school.


  • To make the book very handy to be used in trainings a spiral (like a calendar) will be used: with a picture on the front page and the corresponding text at the back (in English and Kinywarwanda).
  • The same illustrations will be used to compile a comic, to distribute as a hand-out to all those who hear the story as an introduction for their training (either teachers, caregivers, parents or students).

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Comments (2)

  • Wawooo, thank you for your interest of helping young children, parents and community as a whole, this will bring the exact and enough skills and knowledge to perform any other activities just it is a prerequisite to help in primary and in every day life. Thank you once again Gerjanne we learnt from you.

  • jeremy BIMENYIMANA

    This is really helpful for any educator especially those involved in early childhood education

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Gerjanne van Ravenhorst
MEd Learning & Innovation

Founder and managing Director
Author - Advisor – Trainer – Coach

Early childhood & Primary education
Expert in play-based learning

Nyamasheke district, Rwanda
+ 250 781447354

TIN number: 108991740

In the past I have worked as an ECE advisor for two VSO projects in Rwanda:
Itegure Kwiga & Itegure Gusoma

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