• Latest News - August 11, 2017

    How play changes the lives of children in refugee camps

    ​​Refugees1_resize.jpgEvery day millions of children are challenged by poverty, war, disease and poor education. Challenges that rob them of their dignity, their promise, and puts them at risk. Right To Play believes that each child deserves the chance to succeed and thrive.

    Right To Play works in 52 refugee camps - in Uganda, Ethiopia, Thailand, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories - giving children the chance to re-build a sense of personal value, belonging and self-worth, and to feel connected with one another, family and their host communities.

    The learning happens within our games 

    Our play-based games help children with their physical, cognitive and social development. But that's not all. They develop trust, teamwork and acceptance, helping children in refugee camps to accept children from different backgrounds and communities. 
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     Play is necessary inside and outside the classroom 

    These children are taking part in a World Peace Day activity in an Afghan refugee school in Peshawar, Pakistan. In some refugee communities, schools are limited and children are often left uneducated and disengaged. But our play programmes brings learning and engagement together.

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    Right To Play games help children live peaceful and healthy lives. Youth in refugee camps in Uganda play one of our favourite games called Don't Trust Your Eyes. The children pass a ball behind their backs and take turns guessing who has it. It encourages a peaceful mindset by teaching them about the stigma involved with diseases like HIV/Aids, and the importance of not judging a person based on their appearance.  

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    A great lesson our games teach children - there's no 'I' in team 

    Play teaches them to accept each other, respect differences and to settle their disagreements with words.  Through perseverance, repetition and positive behaviour changes, our programmes help these children build a hope-filled, educated, healthy and peaceful generation.

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    Living in a refugee camp in Uganda isn't easy. But you wouldn't be able to tell looking at these children. Play has taught them resilience during times of extreme violence and changed their attitudes, providing them with an understanding of friendship, fair play and problem-solving. 

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    By Tosan Soremi​
      
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