A number of practitioners participated in the web event and since the event the network has expanded. Look here for contacts and profiles of potential partners for work that benefits from.


Every child deserves access to safe environments where they can play, create, discover and connect with one another.

- Ann Simmonds - Outreach and reception supervisor Play Africa

Play Africa has a history of empowering children through placemaking and participatory programming. These Play Africa programmes urged children, and the adults, to re-think and reclaim public spaces for children’s play, creativity, exploration and connection. Learn more about these programmes, and how Play Africa encourages all children to find their voice, so that they can participate actively in their own society.


The future can be a better day, if we work together, for tomorrow, today.

At Mimosa, a small preschool and foundation phase school, we believe that the future can be a better day, if we work together, for tomorrow, today. We believe that transforming education in South Africa starts with imagining ourselves into the future. 

In an age of volatility, complexity and ambiguity, we don’t know what tomorrow holds. There’s no way of knowing for sure what world our children will inherit- change is the only thing we can count on. We reimagine education for a changing world and provide the kind of learning community that grows problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, emotional resilience and cultural flexibility.

The Reggio Emilia approach to learning and teaching is a deep-rooted commitment to research and experimentation. The child is seen as the subject of rights who is equipped with enormous potential from birth. Privileged attention is given to children, observation and documentation of their learning processes, relationships, and the exchange of ideas. 

AREA (AFRICA REGGIO EMILIA ALLIANCE) is the official reference point for the Reggio approach in Africa – as appointed by Reggio Children. AREA provides professional development on the Reggio approach for educators in varied early childhood development settings, highlighting creative, engaging and meaningful education which has its inspiration in Italy. 

The belief in the Reggio Emilia approach is that every human being has equal value and that even the youngest among us are citizens with rights.


(Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance)


There is a need to support the incorporation of children.

The SA&CP hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits is dedicated to scholarly work and the mentoring of postgraduate students, but also to active engagement in processes of urban change. In its academic work it seeks to understand processes of urban change across large cities in the global South, focussing mainly on comparative study, and to explore the ways in which urban planning can improve the quality of life in these cities. 

Its current projects relate mainly to city-regions in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and in Africa (Tanzania, Ghana, and Malawi). The Chair also tries to influence policy and planning processes through direct engagement in these processes, hosting dialogues, and providing critical commentary. 

The perspective and voice of children is neglected in urban planning and design processes, and so bringing children into these processes is one of the concerns of the Chair. While there are now many child-related initiatives in well-resourced contexts in the global North, there is a need to support the incorporation of children – to activate the UN Convention on Children’s Rights – in contexts in the less-resourced global South.

Participatory design processes curated through intergenerational dialogue & co-production workshops.

Since 2001 The Trinity Session has been concerned with the logics of art-making in complex, social-public situations; where the dynamics of context, site, available resources, and creative solutions converge to create unique artistic conditions and opportunities. As global practicing artists, born and bred in Johannesburg. The politics of change in South Africa have motivated and inspired Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter to create partnerships and unique moments of collective practice in order to respond to and create positive change. Having worked in many countries abroad, Johannesburg has always served as a catalytic reference point for how to think beyond the often-elitist structures of the art world, with a view to cultural production found in the public domain. To this extent The Trinity Session has co-produced numerous multi-media projects and events around the country and on the continent, with the objective of bringing knowledge back home.

Since 2002 The Trinity Session has tendered on numerous urban upgrade projects which

include an artworks component. Typically The Trinity Session functions as a liaison between the artistic community and local residents engaged to participate in these artworks programmes and The City of Johannesburg, the client. Given the site specific nature of many of the commissions, The Trinity Session employs various workshop methods aimed at extracting relevant local meaning and narrative which in turn influences the mechanisms of fabrication, and implementation of the artwork. The Trinity Session often works in close collaboration with the appointed professional team of development managers, urban designers, engineers and building contractors responsible for the design and implementation of the upgrade area.


Fixed embraces the complexity of complex social problems to enable sustainable relationships, projects and outcomes for our partners and clients.

Our What it Looks Like When it’s Fixed methodology is a process and a framework for systems thinking, collaboration, transversal action and comprehensive knowledge management. We continuously research and refine our products, using each exposure to the contexts in which problems reside to build our expertise.

We believe that ordinary people can solve the world’s most intractable problems with the right support. Fixed has delivered problem-solving solutions in a range of settings, delivering improved outcomes for social change projects in a number of sectors through our inclusive, consultative and collaborative systems approach.

We understand that relationships and collective action are fundamental to achieving impact and sustainability, and that while the need for collaboration is often assumed, there is rarely a direct investment in reliable and sustainable relationships, between partners and across sectors. We enable strengthened stakeholder mapping, recruitment and management, consultation, visioning, baseline and progress assessment, strategy and implementation. We deliver skills transfer and development to individuals and teams from Executive and Senior Management level to Community Development Practitioners, from Traditional Leaders to members of Representative Councils of Learners. Fixed works with international donors and aid agencies, government at all levels, the private sector and civil society.

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