Have you ever wondered what we can learn from tribal children? It turns out that these little ones hold the key to some of the most enlightening play-based teaching and learning ideas. Take, for example, the Kamoro and Amungme tribes living in the remote jungles of Papua. Despite their limited access to modern education tools, these children have an innate sense of curiosity that fuels their natural desire to explore and discover. And, through play-be it sticks, stones or leaves – they learn how to survive in their harsh environment while also absorbing important cultural values from their elders. What’s more by bringing this faraway world into our own classrooms here in Canada, teachers can see first-hand how culture drives play-based learning experiences that are both meaningful and engaging for young learners. So let us take a page out of these tribal children and embrace play as a powerful tool for teaching children everything they need to
know about survival.

Author: Theresa Agnes Boki

Published in: World Congress on Education (WCE-2023)

  • Date of Conference: 26-28 June, 2023
  • DOI: 10.20533/WCE.2023.0005
  • ISBN: 978-1-913572-59-4
  • Conference Location: Residence and Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada