When Children Play, The World Wins
Over the past several years, the Algoma District School Board (ADSB)
has developed a close partnership with Right To Play (RTP), an organization
that uses the power of play to educate and empower children to be guardians of
their own health and active participants in their communities. In the last two years, ADSB students and
staff have participated in Play Academies led by Right To Play and ADSB continued to build the relationship as we once again hosted a Play Academy on
April 14th and 15th.
Over 100 elementary students from ten ADSB schools took
part in the training sessions held at FH Clergue in Sault Ste. Marie. Led by RTP instructors, the Play Academy
session was a full-day workshop that empowered students to become leaders by
developing facilitation skills while increasing knowledge around child rights.
Students become certified as Junior Leaders and are able to lead Right To
Play games at their home schools. In the spring, Junior Leaders from across the
country can choose to lead activities at their school for a “Today We Play”
The aim of the Play Academy training session is to help students
feel confident in their ability to lead peers in games that educate about
social justice, the reward of giving back, and living an active lifestyle,
while using newly developed facilitation skills with a focus on inclusion,
teamwork and cooperation.
Right To Play programs create positive experiences and
help to teach important life skills which help children adopt and maintain
lifelong healthy behaviours and attitudes.
The approach blends seamlessly with ADSB’s own focus on character
building, well-being and giving back to the community.
“Right To Play believes that
play is a powerful tool to change the world. It can inspire individuals and
bring together entire communities. A game of football can educate children
about tolerance and peace, and a game of tag can teach about malaria. When
children play, they develop skills like cooperation, confidence and leadership –
all important life lessons. Play provides a retreat from everyday hardships and
brings joy and laughter, allowing kids to be kids.”
(excerpt from Right To Play website www.righttoplay.ca)