Mariana is a passionate ambassador for the value of play and its importance to our life long development.
During her studies in Graphic Design (BA) and Visual Communication (MA) she toyed with the idea of “how we learn”. Through widening her academic focus to include Early Childhood Development, together with a work placement with Kingston University’s nursery (UK), she realized that we learn as we play. Most importantly: through play we learn how to learn.
In the past six years she gained broad experience designing and facilitating creative workshops and pop-up playgrounds for various businesses, educational and cultural organizations in the UK, before returning to her birthplace (Athens) with a bag full of toys and a strong desire to help shape Greece’s ‘recession generation’ into powerful learners.
In 2017, in collaboration with esteemed cultural organizations (SNFCC), initiatives (ADAF, ASF) and schools (ACS), she founded GAMELY; an ever-growing phydgital game library that promotes soft skills and values through inclusive play. As her START fellowship in 2018 shows, Mariana aspires to apply her project management skills to disseminate the benefits of play in urban and rural areas of Greece. Stay in touch with www.gamely.gr and insta:gamely.