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The Right to Play is Central to Childhood

The right to play is central to childhood by Keith Towler, Children’s Commissioner for Wales   Little did I know seven years ago that play would form such an important part of my life as Commissioner. My journey on play began in my first few months in post. In fact, the first report I published

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Jan van Gils poses a question at the IPA Scotland symposium

Take it easy… rest, play and creativity

Take it easy… rest, play and creativity (accompanied by a toast to boredom) “Boredom is something wonderful” I heard the speaker say. The prevailing winds usually blow us towards active, engaged, purposeful so idling in rest, daydreams and boredom seemed very enticing and just a wee bit baffling. I looked around the audience and we

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1924 - 2015

Brian Sutton-Smith 1924 – 7 March 2015

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It was with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Brian Sutton-Smith, play theorist extraordinaire and author of countless books and articles. Perhaps most notably, he wrote The Ambiguity of Play, which surely sits on the shelves of most of those engaged in the world of play.  The picture above is from

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Children play jump rope in South Sudanese IDP camp

Is South Sudan About to Ratify the CRC?

26 January 2016 – In an email to IPA received this morning,  the Communications Officer for UNICEF South Sudan in Juba says it is possible that South Sudan has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child but it is unclear at this point. They have been told that Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the country

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Berlin: Symposium on Play is a Child’s Right- Strategies for the Future of Our Society

15 January 2015  Berlin Fachtagung „Spielen ist Kinderrecht – Strategien für die Zukunft der Gesellschaft“, 15.Januar 2015 in Berlin Das Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk veranstaltet zusammen mit dem Bündnis Recht auf Spiel, der deutschen IPA-Sektion und der National Coalition am 15.Januar in Berlin eine Tagung zum General Comment Nr. 17 zu Art. 31 der UN-Kinderrechtskonvention, Recht auf

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Geneva, "Centre of Gravity" for Children's Rights

On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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by Theresa Casey, President, International Play Association There is a special relationship between children’s rights and Geneva – described as ‘the centre of gravity for children’s rights’ – so I was honoured to be there on the 20th November 2014, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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