WHY IS PLAY SO IMPORTANT?
The UN recognizes play as the right of every child. Play is not a luxury; it is a tool for education and health. It can bring entire communities together and inspire every individual. A game of football can teach children about tolerance and peace, a game of tag can teach about malaria. Play helps teach important life lessons and develop skills like co-operation, leadership and teamwork. Play provides a retreat from everyday hardships and brings joy and laughter, allowing kids to be kids.
WHAT IS RIGHT TO PLAY?
Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur. Through sports and games, we help children build essential life-skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities with lasting impact.
WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO PLAY?
Right To Play promotes the involvement of all children and youth. We believe that the power of play can transform a child’s life. That’s why we are working in the most disadvantaged areas engaging girls, persons with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, street children, former child combatants and refugees.
WHAT DO WE DO? WE EDUCATE.
We Help Children Learn. We improve academic performance by using games as a tool for education, fostering physical, cognitive and social development.
We Promote Health by encouraging physical fitness, mobilizing communities around national health issues, and educating about disease prevention priorities including HIV/AIDS, malaria and immunization.
We Build Peace by teaching conflict resolution and peace building skills, while helping heal children and communities affected by war.We Develop Communities by engaging local staff and volunteers and partnering with local organizations to build infrastructure.