About Right To Play
Right To Play is a global organization that protects, educates, and empowers children to rise. We work with children in some of the most difficult places on earth, helping them to stay in school and graduate, to resist exploitation and overcome prejudice, to prevent disease and to heal from war and abuse.
For more than 20 years, we have delivered programs with impact in both development and humanitarian contexts. As pioneers in a unique approach to learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, we harness play, one of the most fundamental forces in a child’s life, to help children dismantle barriers and embrace opportunities. We are the only global development organization focused exclusively on using the power of play to transform children’s lives.
We reach millions of children each year in 15 countries around the world. By collaborating with teachers, governments, communities, and parents, we help children unlock their potential, enabling them to make positive and healthy choices and to create better futures for themselves, their families, and their societies.
Our 2030 vision is to empower 100 million children with the education, skills, and opportunities they need to rise above adversity and create a more peaceful and equitable world.
YOU CAN HELP A CHILD SET THEIR TOMORROW IN MOTION
Dreaming about the future is a part of growing up. But for too many children, hope for what’s to come seems out of reach. The crises that shape today’s world intensify displacement, disrupt education, and put children at higher risk of violence and exploitation. As children experiencing danger and deprivation are forced to abandon their home and school, opportunities are extinguished. Hope is overshadowed by uncertainty.
Too many children are being robbed of their futures. But there’s a future in play. In play, children find belonging and normalcy. In refugee camps and conflict zones, games help children return to learning and unlock hope for tomorrow.
Play ignites a life-long love of learning. When teachers are trained to use play in the classroom, children stay in school, graduate, and pursue opportunities that shape a brighter future. Play empowers children to resist abuse and exploitation. In Child Rights Clubs, children play games to learn more effectively about their rights and find support to resist forced marriage, child labour, and other harmful practices that limit their potential.
Right To Play supports refugee children and youth through psychosocial support, which helps them cope with trauma and marginalization and restores a sense of normalcy.
Every child deserves to feel safe and protected. Through play, children learn how to guard themselves against violence, discrimination, and exploitation. We create environments where children feel safe to play, learn, and explore. We train teachers about children’s rights and how to build trusting relationships with their students. Through that trust, children gain the confidence to talk about threats to their safety, like forced marriage and pressure to do manual labour and undergo harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation.
When children play, they can shape their world today and set tomorrow in motion. How will you help a child get what they need to set their tomorrow in motion?