Child's Right to Play - The Reasons Why
Why does the world's most
successful Treaty, the UN Convention on the Rights of The
Child, include the Right to Play? Why is so much
emphasis given by educators, doctors, researchers etc to
Play is as old as humanity, back
over 3.7 million years ago our distant ancestors walked in
Tanzania, there is a child walking beside an adult, no doubt
curious and anxious to play ....
because for the Child, its Play may be 'messing about', Fun.
seemingly aimless, something every child does
without thinking whether it has to or not, but it is also
just about the most important thing it does.
Play is about Learning, about
trial and error, about discovery, about relationships,
indeed about exploring the world around it. Not for
nothing has Play been called 'the child's natural business'.
Imagine a world where suddenly
something stops all our adult activity in its tracks.
Who would do the 'next thing' and what would that be?
Children might just Play? They do in every
conceivable situation and circumstance as soon as they are
able, they colonise, explore.
And yet, we adults have ensured
that much of the child's play environment has been
compromised - residential streets occupied by the car,
children's freedom to play restricted by fears, intolerance,
adult agendas and pressures. Their health is
compromised as is their healthy development.
The role of Fair Play for
Children is to keep that right and obligation before
society, and to encourage people to fight for its
advance. We seek your support, membership,
ACTION. We are a Campaign for
The Child's Right to Play - JOIN US!
Just a thought .....
imagine a world without children playing and where we cannot
join in with them!
What Fair Play is doing, its policies
and projects, how you can participate. also a list of Play
NEWS ABOUT PLAY AND CHILDHOOD
We publish 2x weekly,
covering issues around childhood, play, health and
other rights set out in the UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS
OF THE CHILD - see below for current edition
We also publish midweek The
Fair Play for Children Research Resource, which can be viewed
HERE. Or at
the foot of this page
Here are links to a range of
other journals and magazines dealing with Children's
Play. We welcome additional suggestions.
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