Responding to the issue of Child Right to play

Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play is integral to the academic environment. It ensures that the school setting attends to the social and emotional development of children as well as their cognitive development. It has been shown to help children adjust to the school setting and even to enhance children’s learning readiness, learning behaviors, and problem-solving skills. Despite the benefits derived from play, many children in Rwanda are often deprived free time for play due to different reasons including ignorance of the importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bonds and the limited resources available to children living in poverty. In response to child play issue, Bamporeze raises awareness of parents on the importance of play in the development of a child and support partner Early Childhood Development Centres and Schools with playing facilities such as balls and Nets. Five schools have received each one 2 footballs, 2 basketballs and 2 volleyballs. Playing is also part of children groups activities on week-end. It amusing to see children both girls and boys playing football together! Children in their groups have revailed that because they enjoy playing, they cannot miss school and children group’ weekly sessions unless they are sick. It seems that playing at school has improved school attendance. The big challenge is that many schools do not have enough space for child play and this is hindering the development children talents in sport.