Uganda to introduce national children play day

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Uganda to introduce national children play day
Children playing at a Child Friendly Space in Nakapiriprit district.

Uganda is preparing to celebrate its first-ever national children's play day on April 30, 2024 to raise awareness about the transformative power of play in a child's life and its crucial role in healthy development.

The play day will bring together over 600 participants, including government officials, educators, caregivers, children, and representatives from the private sector.

This diverse group will have the opportunity to explore and experience the importance of play through interactive activities and discussions.

The event will offer a unique platform for various stakeholders.

Stakeholders will gain valuable insights into the scientific evidence supporting the importance of play for a child's cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

On the other side, children themselves will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on play and what it means to them, crucial for ensuring that their needs and preferences are considered when designing play-based learning initiatives.

Government officials and decision-makers will have a chance to outline their ambitions and strategies for transforming education through play which demonstrates a commitment to integrating play into Uganda's education system.

The play day won't be all talk and no action.

Organizers have planned engaging activities that will allow participants to experience the joy and power of play firsthand.

The national play day is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Ugandan government and supported by renowned international organizations like UNICEF, the LEGO Foundation, Education Cannot Wait, and Plan International.

Ugandan civil society organizations and other stakeholders are also playing a vital role in organizing this momentous event.

This inaugural national play day represents a significant step forward in Uganda's recognition of play as an essential element of a child's well-being and education.

The success of this event can pave the way for future initiatives that promote play-based learning and create a more playful learning environment for all Ugandan children

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