My Favourite Things – A Story by Hennock
Five-year-old Hennock wants to be a pilot. “A pilot in a helicopter,” he says. “I want to go anywhere I like. I want to take my friends to the countryside!” It’s an ambitious goal for a little boy who lives in one of the poorest countries on earth. A place where 36 million people are struggling to survive — a place where most children are denied their right to play because they need to fetch water, tend to crops or care for their siblings.
But not Hennock. Despite sharing a single room home with his family, he is one of the few children in Ethiopia who have access to a quality early learning centre. There are trained teachers, proper education materials and lots of other kids to interact with. Play is crucial for a child’s development and scientifically proven to help brain development. Through play, children experience fun, joy and success. They can process and manage emotions. Build social skills. Learn to share. Discover, explore and get creative.