ERIC Number: ED337284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-7
"Why Play Is the Fundamental Right of the Child." Theme Session I.
This paper describes an open symposium designed to help participants: (1) better understand the nature of play and the nature of the child in the education process; (2) be more effective in their efforts to facilitate children's growth, development, and learning; and (3) continue to make a difference in children's lives. The notion of play as a medium for learning was presented, and the importance of the play-education-child triad was established and discussed. Fifteen countries were represented in the discussion. Participants came to a concensus on six position statements regarding children's rights in general and the child's right to play specifically. Statements concern: (1) the use of play throughout the entire educational process; (2) the necessity of adults' recognition of the vital role of spontaneous play in child's development; (3) play as a means of improving the society of the future; (4) the child's right to play as a means of reducing the alienation in society; (5) the necessity of encouraging adults to recognize the importance of the child's right to play, and improving the natural, cultural, and interpersonal environment as a result; and (6) the necessity of adults' seeing play through the child's eyes and providing activities in which children play freely and parents participate. Three references are provided. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual IPA (International Association for the Child's Right to Play) World Conference (11th, Tokyo, Japan, June 3-8, 1990).