Initiative to make govt schools child friendly places

KARACHI: RIGHT TO PLAY Sind chapter coordinator Rattan Saleem on Monday said sport is universally acknowledged as a powerful tool for social development and bring communities together.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi Press Club KPC, she said in collaboration with Karachi Youth Initiative, they are commencing their ‘Sport and Play for Peace Program’ in Karachi which will work with government schools using sport and play based methodology.

She said objective of the program is to provide sport and play access for government schoolchildren in some troubled areas in Karachi.

Rattan said the school is likely to become a child friendly place with the introduction of play based activities, making it attractive for children to attend. She said important values affair play, tolerance, respect leadership, cooperation would be inculcated and internalized in the children and help them become better citizens of Pakistan.

She said the program will officially start the activities with a training workshop for 33 local Youth as trainers starting on March 18, 2013 in Karachi and these youth trainers will implement Right To Play’s Program in schools by working closely with children and youth.

She said the program will work with 65 government schools in the areas of Lyari town, Korangi town and Keamari town and reach to over 12,000 children and youth. She said with structured sport and play methodology, Right To Play trainers will engage children in play based learning activities which are equipped to inculcate basic life skills in them such as resilience, hope, cooperation, teamwork and peaceful coexistence.

She said through this program it is anticipated that a diverse group of youth will be drawn to a common platform where their capacities are developed and important life skills inculcated.

Rattan said the youth will also e engaged in a dialogue of peace and coexistence.

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