Right To Play is a charity that promotes an active-learning and play-based method of teaching that centres on each individual child’s needs and capabilities. In many countries around the world, teachers use institutional teaching styles that expect the child to sit still for long stretches and to remain silent for the duration of the lesson; however, this style of teaching often creates disengaged and bored pupils, who do not retain the information that they are being taught.
Right To Play works with schools, teacher and children across Africa, Asia and the Middle East in order to transform the education system for the better. The charity has changed the lives of over two million children in disadvantaged areas with its range of sustainable and long-term programmes. Right To Play works with teachers and community leaders, training them to become volunteer Coaches, who go on to teach the local children using games that have been designed especially for them. The Right To Play programmes are often taken up by former pupils, who have learned and developed new skills that they then share with other members of the community.
Around the world there are 57 million primary school-aged children that miss out on an education by not attending school; Right To Play works with schools to incorporate play into the curriculum as a way of encouraging and inspiring children to attend school. Right To Play incorporates structured playtime into the school day – before, during and after classes – as it improves engagement levels, communication skills, cooperation skills and decision-making skills.
Right To Play is a charitable association of Joey Horn and all donations to the charity ensure that this important work can be continued. Teachers who participate in Right To Play’s programmes notice that the children in their classes enjoy themselves, and therefore the teachers also gain a sense of excitement and joy from their work. Teachers use specially selected and designed games, puzzles, songs and activities that are fun to do and that promote learning, and each activity is concluded with a reflection on the game that has just been played.
The time for reflection is an important element of the Right To Play programme, as it combines playing with teaching; the children must connect to their personal experiences and apply the lessons that they have just been taught. As well as solidifying the learning objective of the game, each opportunity to reflect encourages even shy pupils to speak out, and each of the children learns to listen and appreciate the opinions of others.
Right To Play also uses its game-based teaching approach to close the gender gap that sees millions of girls miss out on an education. Arming girls around the world with a proper education can act as a safeguard against violence, poor health, poverty and sexual exploitation; Right To Play has created a programme of fair play and fun games that promote gender equality, that teach girls how to protect themselves and to improve their life chances. For further information on how Right To Play is working to close the gender gap, please refer to the embedded PDF.