We know children learn best through play. When they participate in our Right To Play programs, kids discover the joy of attending school, the importance of making healthy choices and the skills they need to create peaceful, inclusive communities. It only takes one child to develop positive behaviours and produce a domino effect of change.
That's why we're thrilled about the new
Global Goals created by the United Nations. Now, with more global support and increased awareness, we can impact even more children through our sport- and play-based programs.
Here are four Global Goals we're supporting through the power of sport and play.
By integrating play in schools, we're creating positive learning environments and opportunities for children to excel. Attendance, enrollment and academic performance are improving because kids are motivated to learn and absorb more information.
Through our games, children learn how to stay healthy and protect themselves against diseases. While having fun, they are also learning practical and simple tools, like hand-washing, proper use of mosquito nets and HIV/AIDS prevention. And the best part: they're sharing what they've learned with their family and friends.
Activities that promote teamwork and communication teach children how to acceptance, respect and understand one another's differences. We also teach conflict resolution, break down cultural and ethnic divides and offer opportunities for youth who might be isolated or ignored, like migrants and those with disabilities.
Whether keeping girls in school or safe from sexual exploitation, our programs enable girls to overcome obstacles to achievement. We're teaching girls and boys that, regardless of gender, all children are equal and have the same rights.
Teachers see benefit of play in schools
Play: For healthy choices
Giving a female leader the chance to learn