UN says 11th June is “A Day for Play”

Date: 8th April 2024
Category: Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Recreation, play and cultural activities

Children playing

Play is a fundamental right; it builds resilience, instils confidence and helps children develop. But children need time to play. That’s where we need policies, training and funding to get play integrated in education and community settings.

On 25th March 2024, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to create a new International Day of Play with more than 140 countries as co-sponsors. The annual International Day of Play will take place on 11 June every year beginning 2024.

“Play is powerful. Through play, children explore and understand the world, learn how to collaborate and empathise with others, build the confidence to claim their rights, and develop a lifelong love of learning,” says Susan McIsaac, President & CEO of Right To Play International.

To take part you can simply create extra time to play on the 11th June, you can take part in person, online and add your voice to the play movement.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in it’s recent concluding observations to the UK and Scottish Government recommends the integration of children’s right to play into school curricula and ensure that children have sufficient time to engage in play and recreational activities that are inclusive and age-appropriate.

Together we can make play a priority every day!