Mohammad Sadique, a 12-year old student at the Government Boys Higher Secondary Comprehensive School in Hyderabad, Pakistan, was notorious amongst his peers for his vindictive and aggressive attitude. Mohammad continuously mocked other children, and as a result had very few friends at school. His teachers were frustrated by his attitude towards others both in the classroom and playground.
Whilst participating in activities at school, Mohammad would always aggravate the teacher and disturb the class by provoking his fellow classmates. However, in the short space of eight months, Mohammad’s attitude and behaviour significantly changed thanks to Right To Play play-based activities.
Right To Play coach, Asif Ali, made determined efforts to help Mohammad overcome his habit of bullying. The coach conducted games with a focus on respect for others, cooperation, team building, and tolerance. It was not an easy task for both coach Asif and Mohammad; but, gradually over time, Mohammad began participating in Right To Play games and activities in a calm manner and showed great strides in becoming a better person. The coach gave him extra responsibilities to support some of the activities, which helped Mohammad control his behavior and improved his interaction with other children.
Respecting others and getting respect in return was new for him. He loved playing in teams and helping the coach lead activities.
His teachers, schoolmates and coach observed a real change in Mohammad’s attitude. He not only gained respect for other children, but there were also improvements in his school work.
“Mohammad was known in school for all the wrong reasons, but he is now known for his cooperation and friendly behavior,” his school teacher remarked.
Nowadays, Mohammad actively participates in play-based activities at school and responds quickly in Reflect-Connect-Apply (RCA), the experiential methodology of Right To Play. Mohammad says, “I enjoy supporting my coach in leading warm-ups and cool-downs. I have also learnt that people pay you respect back when you give them respect first. My favourite part of the play activities is the RCA. I have learnt how to express my feelings and experiences through this discussion, have made friends and now enjoy going to school.”
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