Founder & CEO, Play Africa
Gretchen Wilson-Prangley is a kickstarter, connector and social entrepreneur who has a proven track record of creating meaningful, relevant and values-driven non-profit organisations from the ground up.
As founder and CEO of Play Africa, Gretchen started a groundbreaking new children’s museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, inside the former prison turned human rights precinct at Constitution Hill.
Play Africa offers original, low-cost, locally-relevant exhibits and programmes serving children 0-10, their families and schools. Supported by an array of renowned partners and a dedicated, values-driven team, Play Africa creates opportunities for diverse children and families through play and self-directed learning as a powerful vehicle for positive change in South Africa.
Prior to starting Play Africa in 2013, Gretchen was a foreign correspondent for the U.S. radio programme, “Marketplace,” and author of the 2007 book “From Dust to Diamonds: Stories of South African Social Entrepreneurs” (Macmillan), and founder of WashTech, a non-profit start-up and the first labor union for “new economy” workers in the United States.
Gretchen holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York, NY, USA and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and multi-ethnic studies from Bard College in Annandale, NY, USA.
Connect with Gretchen:
Play Africa: Disrupting with Children
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Play Africa is the first world-class children’s museum in sub-Saharan Africa. Working on a shoestring budget, they have successfully created a model of a well-networked, agile, relevant and low-cost museum that creates original content to serve the needs of the communities it serves.
The museum aims to offer every child an educational experience worthy of his or her potential, to nourish a sense of belonging, and to engage and inspire all visitors to dream about the possibilities inside themselves, their families and their communities.
Play Africa is an inspiring story of what can be achieved when passion and hard work come together. CEO Gretchen Wilson-Prangley will share case studies, frameworks and ideas from this unique museum.