Right to Play was inspired by a humanitarian trip taken by Olympic speed skater Johann Olav Koss to the then newly formed country of Eritrea in Africa in 1994. In the PDF attachment you can learn more about the history of Right to Play. The organisation delivers programmes that utilise the power of play to educate, empower and protect thousands of children in some of the most vulnerable and deprived areas of the world. Ragnar Horn is a supporter of Right to Play and has visited programmes in both Uganda and Tanzania as part of this support work.
Right to Play campaigns for change in five key areas:
Right to Play is founded on the belief that every child has the right to access quality education. One of the main aims of the Right to Play programmes is to deliver this quality education by incorporating play-based learning into safe, engaging and supportive environments for children and teachers. Partnering with local organisations and Education Ministries, Right to Play helps to train teachers in areas where children may otherwise face obstacles to learning. By focusing on learning through play, Right to Play aims to foster in each child a love of learning that will last a lifetime. The short video attachment explores the ideas behind play-based learning.
Right to Play fights for the rights of girls in all areas of the world to access the same levels of education, rights and security as boys. Through structured play programmes, Right to Play encourages girls to participate on a level playing field, building confidence within the classroom that transfers over into the rest of the girls’ lives. Girls are taught how to speak up for their rights and defy unequal or dangerous traditions within their communities, which may be issues such as child marriage or female circumcision.
As well as educating the girls themselves, Right to Play also educates teachers and parents on issues relating to gender equality. Through education and ongoing support, discrimination and gender-based violence can be drastically reduced within schools and across wider communities. The attached infographic explores some of the ways in which Right to Play programmes have helped empower girls in different areas of the world.
Health and Well-Being
Information and education about health and nutrition helps children to learn how to make healthy, safe life choices. Right to Play incorporates health messages into fun games and activities to engage children in thinking about looking after their own health and the health of others. Children are able to learn about and discuss important health issues such as HIV, AIDS, malaria and general hygiene.
Right to Play trains educators to help children learn about their rights and create safe environments where children can openly discuss any concerns they may have regarding their own safety or that of their peers. Children are able to learn more about how to safeguard themselves and how to access help if they need it.
Many of the children that Right to Play works with live in countries and regions that have experienced war and conflict. These children need peaceful communities surrounding them in order to heal. Through play, Right to Play helps teach values such as inclusion, tolerance and collaboration within communities. Children who have been displaced are helped through play to adapt to new situations or cultures that may be unfamiliar to them.
Right to Play transforms the lives of thousands of children every day, helping them rise up and achieve their potential.
Ragnar Horn is the chairman of the Norwegian private investment company Taconic AS. Born in Norway, Horn moved to America to study for his BA in Economics at Williams College in Massachusetts, going on to complete his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Harvard Business School.
Previous to his position at Taconic AS, Horn was the Chairman of RS Platou ASA – the shipbrokerage company that his grandfather founded in the 1930s – as well as having gained experience in investment banking at Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse First Boston.