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 cooperation, leadership and teamwork. Play provides a retreat from everyday hardships and brings joy and laughter, allowing kids to be kids.
I am proud to be an Ambassador for Right To Play, a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through sports and games, Right To Play help children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities with lasting impact.
Right To Play promotes the involvement of all children and youth. They believe that the power of play can transform a child’s life, which is why they are working in the most disadvantaged areas engaging girls, persons with disabilities, children affected by HIV and AIDS, street children, former child combatants and refugees.
Right To Play reach one million children in regular weekly activities and 49% of those children are female. Right To Play is working actively in more than 20 countries, most of the programs being in Africa. The organization keeps empowering and educating tomorrow’s leaders and their programs continue to produce results. As a result, Right To Play see improved academic performance, increased participation and attendance in schools, reduction in violence, increased awareness and steps taken to prevent disease. By working with children and their communities, Right To Play are contributing to sustainable change.