Play is the tool children use to get to know themselves and the world around them. In early childhood, between 0 and 6 years, this practice is essential for good development and according to UNICEF, about 30% of children in the world do not reach their full capacity due to lack of incentive.
In order to help children’s development, the NGO World Vision, the world’s largest non-governmental humanitarian organization specializing in child protection, created Children’s Day: The best gift is to be present, where it will promote play days in celebration of October 12, Children’s Day. About 25,000 children will be stimulated to play, rescuing old games, gymkhanas, building toys using recyclable material, etc., in Recife-PE, Inhapi-AL, Fortaleza-CE, São Paulo-SP, Nova Iguaçu-RJ, Salvador-BA, Governor Dix-Sept Rosado-RN. In Boa Vista-RR, Pacaraima-RR and Manaus-AM, the action will be with migrant and refugee children and adolescents.
On October 19, from 9am to 3pm, 100 volunteers will be present at the Parque da Água Branca, in São Paulo, together with 10 other partner organizations, to help more than 300 children have a play day. There will be gymkhanas and street games, as well as workshops to make recyclable toys, bibolquê and kite. The Trupe de Festim theatre group will also present a play for the children on the day.
Children’s Day: The best gift is to be present, it is part of the new Be Present campaign, which seeks to bring the importance of presence to a child’s life. Presence that is often replaced by gifts. The goal is to bring the importance of this presence in the form of play to the development and safety of children. All the actions start from the concept of the campaign of calling partners and volunteers to be present in the lives of children. In addition, it will address the right to play and encourage, in addition to promoting playful activities in all actions, reflection on how violence has prevented children from enjoying the city to play.
In some places, children will be taken for a walk in the community where they live, to look at the place and express, through drawings, what they would like to have in order to enjoy the direct play. The productions will be exhibited so that the community also knows and reflects on what the children want and need for their full development.
Children are exhaustively related to gifts. Birthday gifts, Children’s Day gifts, Christmas gifts. But what if we got it wrong, and the gift that really mattered was presence? Dad, grandma, friend, everyone can be the best present. The best gift because, more important than the gift itself, is the experience it brings. It’s this experience that the NGO wants to provide, of turning a ball into a football game, an outfit into a day at the beach or a mobile phone into a family lunch. To transform a gift into the best gift. Children need more than a gift; they need care and affection. The best gift is to be a gift.
Play is recognized as a fundamental aspect in children’s development; the brain at this stage is twice as active as that of an adult. And to create this network of information, the child needs to learn and experience new possibilities, increase social relationships, develop autonomy of action and organize emotions.
“Besides being a right, play has a fundamental role in children’s development. Children learn by playing. Playful games enable children to experience everyday situations, play social roles, deal with feelings and emotions. It is through symbolic play that children are able to explore and overcome their fears, understand social rules and exchange experiences with other children. It is through play that children are able to experience the situation that generates emotional discomfort, but with possibilities of using the imaginary world to better understand the world around them”, says Andréa Freire, National Education Manager of Visão Mundial Brasil.
About the World Vision
World Vision Brazil is part of the World Vision International partnership, which is present in about 100 countries. In the country, World Vision has been active since 1975, benefiting 2.7 million people with projects in the areas of education, health/child protection, economic development and promotion of citizenship. Its projects and programs have as a priority children and adolescents living in impoverished and vulnerable communities. In these 44 years of operations in Brazil, the World Vision has consolidated itself as an organization committed to overcoming poverty and social exclusion. To learn more, visit visaomundial.org
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