Every child has the right to play.
As simple as that. That may seem obvious, or easy but it’s true that play can often be presented as an ‘option’ rather than a right. Thank goodness for the likes of Play Association Tower Hamlets (PATH) who we met last week. They have long been running a varied programme of playful activity for children and young people and encouraging parents/carers to play. Incidentally, Penny Wilson there led a beautiful project about play memories – String of Beads
So, they told us about Article 31: Every child has the right to play – a whole article dedicated by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. More at their website March is the month to start spreading this important message. Play builds us socially, physically, emotionally. Make time for it – right, off to check out the finger puppets in the cupboard.
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