A tactile inclusive play kit supporting the development of all children
- Reach & Match inclusive education programme
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“As a teacher with vision impairment, I feel very empowered and confident after receiving the Reach & Match training. ” Desmond Bang, Teacher of Visually Impaired, Inclusive Education Resource Centre, Papua New Guinea
Reach & Match, an Australian-based social enterprise, offers an inclusive play-based learning programme for all children. Their distinctive learning kit comprises sensory mats and Braille/print alphabet tiles with sound features. Easily arranged in versatile 2D and 3D configurations, these mats enrich the learning process. From its beginnings until 2024 the programme - with its comprehensive activity manual and educational training - has been used by 35,000 children in eight countries, receiving numerous awards and forming partnerships with World Vision, UNICEF, and other organizations.
Many children with disabilities lack the inclusive and accessible educational tools for school readiness and mainstream early childhood education integration.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
Reach & Match offers an innovative educational system that empowers children of all abilities, mostly at preschool and early primary age. The programme’s core is the Reach & Match Learning Kit, a tactile tool with sensory mats with Braille/print alphabet tiles, and distinct sounds. Over thirty adaptable learning activities target various skills, from literacy to social interaction. The comprehensive educator training programme equips teachers with inclusive pedagogical techniques. Evaluation tools, developed in collaboration with educators, monitor the programme’s effectiveness. Its impact includes improved learning outcomes, increased school readiness, and the empowerment of educators. Success rates are constantly monitored and evaluated. Since its launch in 2014, Reach & Match has expanded to eight countries, benefiting over 35,000 children. The programme has won numerous awards, has been presented at many exhibitions, and partners with organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, World Vision, and Plan International, thus magnifying its global footprint.
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
Reach & Match operates as a for-profit social enterprise, with revenues from selling learning kits and training programmes. Goals include growing its user base by 30,000 over the next 3–5 years. The profits are reinvested to develop more inclusive educational resources. (Awardee 2024)