ABOUT PLAY YOUR PART
Educational; check. Inspiring; check. Fun; check! Play Your Part is a free, schools engagement initiative that will harness your students’ innate leadership potential by using the transformative power of play to facilitate their learning, unite them with their peers across the world, and empower them as global citizens.
Right To Play delivers play-based educational programming to improve children’s lives around the world, and Play Your Part is our chance to share their inspiring stories here at home. We want students across Canada to understand not only the incredible impact that play is having in children’s lives globally, but also how they can be a part of that impact – because we believe that every student has the ability to create social change.
Through Play Your Part’s interactive Assembly and Workshop students will learn how to lead in their own schools and communities, and how to understand the positive impact their actions can have in others’ lives around the world.
Play Your Part is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada. It is designed to teach students about the Gender Responsive Education and Training (GREAT) program and the value of play-based learning in delivering quality education globally. Launched in partnership with the Government of Canada in 2018, GREAT is currently active in three countries: Ghana, Mozambique and Rwanda. The program uses Right To Play’s experiential learning methodology to build teacher capacity and remove barriers to education – especially for girls – with a goal of improving learning outcomes.
Calling all natural born leaders! The Play Your Part Workshop is designed to educate students in Canada about the power of play, boost their leadership skills, and encourage them to make change in their own communities and beyond. While focusing on developing students’ ability to lead Right To Play activities, the Workshop provides them with a safe space where they can share their experiences and feel inspired to teach others what they’ve learned.
Each participating school has the opportunity to nominate as many as 30 students from grades four and up to participate in the one-day workshop. Students will leave the Play Your Part Workshop with an action plan for how they can harness their new leadership skills to create a positive school environment and translate their actions into a school-wide day of play. Upon completion of the Workshop, participating students will earn the title of “Junior Leader.”
Are you ready to take the Challenge? This year, the Play Your Part Challenge will take place on May 17th, 2019, giving students the opportunity to organize an exciting, meaningful, school-wide day of play that they lead to fundraise for Right To Play programs around the world. This is not only a chance for students to be creative and use their leadership skills to achieve a shared goal, it’s also an opportunity for them to exercise global citizenship and play their part in making the world a better place for themselves and their peers.
WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?
The funds that your school raises for the Play Your Part Challenge will benefit children and youth participating in Right To Play programs around the world.
We use play to unlock the power and possibility in every child we reach (that’s 1.9 million each week!) by taking familiar games – like tag or soccer – and adapting them to teach formal subjects like math, language, and science, as well as critical life skills like confidence, leadership, and conflict resolution.
Focused on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and peaceful communities, our work is about investing in individual children and their ability to succeed – a motivation that we share with educators across Canada.
WHAT IMPACT CAN YOUR STUDENTS HAVE IN THE WORLD?
In many places where Right To Play works, young girls and boys face unimaginable hardships, and are rarely given the opportunity to do what children do best: play! Together, your students can enable Right To Play to host a community-wide Play Day that brings hundreds of children together for a day filled with games, learning, and – of course – fun!
You can give children – including girls – a safe space to meet, build friendships, and learn about their rights. Girls and boys in our Child Rights Clubs become leaders in their schools and communities and – one day – our world!
Right To Play trains local teachers so they can bring play-based learning into their classroom! You can train a teacher to change the lives of their students with the power of play, helping communities to learn, grow, and succeed.
We know that when children play in the classroom, it inspires creativity and stimulates learning! You can provide a teacher with the supplies essential for active learning, including a Right To Play manual filled with games for learning, sport and play equipment, and creative materials like scissors, crayons, pens, and rulers.
From a village in Ghana to a refugee camp in Lebanon, all children have the right to play! Access to Right To Play activities twice a week will help a child learn important life skills, build their confidence, and encourage them to become a leader in their school and community – just like your students!