Edutainment: learning through play

Today we want to tell you about Edutainment – the approach we use for our JDI! Programmes.

Edutainment is a method in which education is inseparable from entertainment. In other words, it is a way of learning through games aimed at the re-creation and assimilation of all aspects of social experience: knowledge, skills, abilities and emotional evaluation activities.

Edutainment through the ages

The Edutainment method is nothing new. In ancient Athens, in the 6 – 4 centuries BC, education was based on the principle of competition – agonistics. The life of the children and adolescents at that time consisted entirely of competitions, whether gymnastics, dance, music, or in debates. It was no picnic, but it helped the children to assert themselves and hone their finest qualities. By the way, “war games” for adult boys such as manoeuvres, staff exercises and so on, stem from exactly the same place.

Later in Western Renaissance Europe, the philosopher and writer Tommaso Campanella and François Rabelais called for teaching via the use of games. They suggested that children could learn science easily through play. In the 17th century, the Czech educator and humanist Jan Amos Komenský called on “penal schools” and “workshop schools” to become places for games. The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, setting himself the task of civic education of the individual, proposed introducing a programme of educational events: socially useful work, joint games and exercises.

One of the first classifications for Edutainment as a teaching phenomenon was given by the German teacher Friedrich Froebel – the game was the basis of his pedagogical theory. Having noticed its didacticism, Froebel proved that it is in the game that the child is best given ideas about the shape, colour, size, and the idea of movement. Further development of applying games within education showed that they could be successfully brought to bear on almost all pedagogical problems.

Edutainment in JDI!

All programmes without exception in JDI! are based on the combination of recreation and education, fun and function. Classes are conducted by JDI! experts – not only professional teachers, and psychologists, but also directors, artists, scientists and athletes. They are all passionate about their craft and are ready to inspire the children and help to reveal their potential in the most playful and exploratory way.

However, it is difficult to come up with a game that everyone will find interesting – when there is little in common between the people in the group someone’s bound to be bored. Therefore, each session in our children’s camp consists of five themed tracks: Performing Arts, Football, Science & Nature, Visual Arts & Architecture, and Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship. At the end of each session, the participants from each of their chosen tracks will present and defend the project they created during their stay in the camp.

So, if life is a game – maybe you have to live it playfully?