Programs for Early Learning and Youth in Action
The Ikoku Programs for Early Learning and Youth in Action (PLAYA) has been proposed as part of the Trusts Areas of Focus and Philanthropy dedicated to Education and Research and to Youth Communities. All Trusts Areas have been established to fulfill a core mission of The Ikoku Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations to increase the public awareness, public knowledge, and public interest concerning Africa and its global diasporas, including communities in the Americas, Asia, Australasia/Oceania, and Europe. PLAYA shall be essential to that mission in the following ways:
Advancing Early Learning
The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations understand that the fulfillment of their originating charitable purposes require programs that help increase and widen the circles, communities and countries benefiting from best practices in early education. Such facilitation by PLAYA of advances in number, breadth and quality of early learning should, furthermore, concern peoples, societies, regions, and subjects that are regularly and comparatively under-resourced, in order to meet a perennial need for more equitable support in public knowledge among our youth.
Advancing An Active Youth
The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations also understand that the fulfillment of their originating charitable purposes require programs that help increase activity among a greater proportion of youth across the world, in both senses of the word, including cognitive, physical and public engagement. For PLAYA, then, fostering activity among youth shall include attention to, support of, and engagement toward thought and action associated with the benefits of play, peered and group work, exercise, sport, community formation, volunteer service, and civic participation, as examples. Such efforts by PLAYA should, furthermore, concern peoples, societies, regions, and subjects that are regularly and comparatively under-resourced, in order to meet a perennial need for more equitable support in youth activity and activism.
Understanding Early Education & Activism
And the work of PLAYA shall have an attendant but no less essential objective of helping youths, peers, students, teachers, researchers, and the wider public understand the fundamentals, benefits, workings, and ongoing advances and re-evaluations of early education, youth activity, and early civic participation.
Addressing Youth Inequities
In these ways, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations intend for PLAYA to reduce perennial inequities in the varied communities we serve, to especially improve relations among youth in Africa and those across the world, and to ultimately enhance individual, community, civic and public life in the range of societies they all inhabit.
Financial and equivalent resources for the conception, development, and operation of PLAYA shall be provided by The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Educational, informational, and engagement resources shall be evaluated, funded, and coordinated, and in certain instances also provided via our process described below.
Content, sources, and curricula — produced by The Ikoku Foundations and select recipients of funding — and designed to address the education and engagement objectives of PLAYA shall be approved by the Boards of The Ikoku Foundations, after which each module and coordinated-and-funded program of PLAYA shall be made available to the communities we serve, via our distribution and education systems or those of our funding recipients. The Boards shall also conduct periodic reviews and evaluations of PLAYA modules and coordinated-and-funded programs, ensuring to incorporate insights from feedback we receive. The result shall be a process with the three main features delineated below:
Design & Approval
Content, sources, and curricula of PLAYA modules and of PLAYA coordinated-and-funded programs approved by the Boards of The Ikoku Foundations.
Distribution & Engagement
Each PLAYA module and program made available to communities via distribution and engagement systems that foster early learning and activity, operated or coordinated-and-funded by The Ikoku Foundations.
Review & Revision
Periodic review, evaluation, incorporation of feedback, and effective revision of each of the PLAYA features, modules, programs, and systems, where needed.
Programs for Early Learning and Youth in Action
PLAYA has been proposed as a core endeavor for The Ikoku Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations in fulfilling an originating charitable purpose to enhance public education, public knowledge, and public interest regarding Africa, its global diasporas, and a range of shared societies.
September 1, 2022
The Ikoku Foundations and Partners