The goal of the Brazilian RegionalGames Network Project is to create an exchange network between different institutions and/or individuals throughout the country, who value and rescue their regional games which are considered an heritage of local culture.
We believe that this inheritance of play can be enriched and disseminated in a more agile way, making use of the network, as well as increasing the exchange and the study and research of games and information between different regions of the country.
In the 70’s, an international project began developing with the intention of rescuing the Traditional Games of the world. This project was an initiative of the University of Belgrade, in Yugoslavia, and OMEP (World Organization for Early Childhood Education and Care). However, it did not move forward as an international project.
In Brazil, the project started off in 1990 from the assembly and publication of the book "The Art of Play" by Adriana Friedmann (Ed. Scritta), by rescuing traditional games in the city of São Paulo. In 1993 a research study was conducted at Labrimp (Laboratory of Toys and Educational Materials) by the School of Education of the University of São Paulo (USP), a study that logged more than 1000 games in the Midwest, Southern and Northern regions of the country. In 1999, with the retrieval and the enhancement of play being encouraged in the institutions of Early Childhood Education, promoted by the Ministry of Education (MEC) through the new Curricular Parameters, different centers scattered throughout the country have reflected in this respect and conducted regional games surveys.
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