Access to Play in Situations of Crisis
The International Play Association: Promoting the Child’s Right to Play (IPA) is working closely with ACE on their new initiative Access to Play in Crisis. Dr. Sudeshna Chatterjee, CEO of ACE has been appointed Project Officer of this international IPA project. IPA has identified significant gaps in knowledge and understanding of the play needs of children in crisis situations, and how those needs should be met. Access to Play in Crisis is designed to address these gaps through two projects in the lead up to the IPA 2017 conference in Calgary, Canada.
An international research project will take place in India, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Turkey. Its objectives are:
- To increase knowledge and understanding of children’s play needs in situations of crisis (situations of conflict, as well as environmental, humanitarian and man-made disasters); and,
- To increase and improve the practical application of the right to play so that children in situations of crisis have sufficient time, space and support to play.
A Training and Development Project in Turkey and Lebanon will develop resources and deliver training to program managers and staff. These resources will be used to support play opportunities for children in situations of crisis.