What is Playdagogy ?





Playdagogy is a teaching methodology designed for children 6 to 11 years old, developed by PL4Y International in the early 2000s.


As much for use at school as in a refugee camp, this approach allows children to learn and grow by playing games and sports. Playdagogy activities help them learn while playing and being physically active:


-          Knowledge about certain topics (nutrition/obesity, hygiene, discrimination, disabilities, the environment, etc.)

-          Life skills (self-respect, following rules, respecting others, working together, etc.)

-          Behavioural reflexes positively affecting them and those around them



The Playdagogy programme includes all the tools, the training, and the activities necessary to allow educators, humanitarian workers, and sports facilitators to use this methodology in their work. The use of Playdagogy is characterised by its easy access of co-constructed teaching materials, ready-to-use. The content and training have been used in France since the beginning of 2012’s school year through distribution of Playdagogy kits ready for use, a user’s site online, video tutorials, and trainings aimed at unifying Playdagogy practitioners. A socio-metric study on six test-group classes has demonstrated the impact not only on children’s knowledge, but also their behaviour.



Scaffolding and resource-pooling as development tools


Through its close-knit collaboration with teachers, sports educators, and humanitarian workers, PL4Y International designs and distributes the tools necessary to transform sports and games into powerful means of social education.


Playdagogy is characterised by its direct insertion of educational, thematic content into sports and games:  





Here are some key figures of the impact and deployment of Playdagogie program in France.


Since launching Playdagogy in September of 2012, the programme’s positive impact has been evident:






A Programme That Speaks for Itself:


A satisfaction survey given to teachers using Playdagogy showed positive results concerning their opinions about the programme.


- 100 % had positive feedback: 67 % noticed the positive effects after using the programme and 33% noticed very positive effects


- 63 % of the educators believe they were able to achieve their learning goals thanks to Playdagogy


- 92 % of users would recommend using the kit to their colleagues


- 71 % of users noticed an increase in class participation after using the programme






Evaluation of Playdagogy-Disability :

As part of a socio-metric 6 months study conducted in elementary schools to assess the impact of the Playdagogy program on the inclusion of children with disabilities, here are a few highlighted results:


1. The level of knowledge and understanding of children who benefited from the sessions were improved in comparison with children who did not participate in Playdagogy sessions. 

2. In comparison with other traditional teaching methods, children who experienced the Playdagogy benefited from the whole sessions (activity+theme+discussion) demonstrated more inclusive behaviors towards children with disabilities in their school. Based on a socio-metric scale, the percentage of children being “excluded” reduced from 42 % to 14 %.


3.100 % of respondents had positive views about the effect of the approach as a tool to improve awareness on societal issues (67 % of teachers experienced visible positive effects and 33 % experienced very positive effects of the program).



Note: The impact study was conducted with 6 classes participated in evaluating the Disability kit.Year-end 2013, an evaluation of children’s behavior changes thanks to Playdagogy-Disability was done among 6 classes that had participated.  Questionnaires (on understanding and socio-metric questions) were given to the children: before participating (pre-test) and after participating (post-test).



Check out the results here !