08 Jan '12, 6pm

Recycled Play Structures Bring Joy to Schools in Rural India

© Shilpa Joglekar Kids on a play structure made of recycled materials in India. Visiting some village schools in rural India, artist Shilpa Joglekar was struck by what she described as the "starkness in their environment" -- bare dirt lots with nowhere for kids to play . Utilizing scrap from junkyards that was plentiful in the area, she enlisted local students and teachers to build their own recycled-material play structures. Many village children in the tribal areas of Maharashtra are left alone for months at a time while their parents travel long distances to try and find work, the Mumbai-based artist wrote on her blog about the project: What I understood from the teachers is that it is very difficult for them to convince the children to come regularly to the school and attend their classes. By creating these play areas the school premises became a place of attraction......

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