Right To Play has marked 20 years of empowering a generation of children across the world to rise above adversity through the power of play.
At a Stakeholder Forum held on the video-conferencing platform Zoom last Friday, Country Director of Right To Play Ghana, Josephine Mukakalisa said the organisation continues to “prepare the children to get a better future.”
“From 2015 to now we are proud to say that the organisation continues to grow, to get more funding, more supporters, especially more recognition in countries because of the work we can provide,” she said.
Right To Play was established in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss who is now on the Board of the organisation he founded now led by Dr Kevin Frey as the Chief Executive Officer. Right To Play works with schools and community-based organisations, train teachers and coaches in its unique play-based learning methodology.
The organisation started in Ghana in 2001 operating only in the Greater Accra Region but has now spread to two other regions namely Volta Region and the Northern Region. Right To Play presently operates in only seven districts in the country.
Touching on the newly launched Partners in Play Project funded by The LEGO Foundation, Madam Mukakalisa said their collaboration with the Ministry of Education has been strengthened and reinforced.
“We are supporting the Ministry of Education, District Education Offices and we are preparing our children to get a better life,” she said.
In his solidarity speech during the ceremony, Ga South Education Director, Henry Ayettey said the presence of Right To Play in his district has brought about an improvement in the learning outcomes of learners.
“The presence of Right To Play in the Ga South has helped a lot – hitherto teachers were teaching by rot – but with the introduction of Right To Play in the district, things have changed,” he said.
Mr Ayettey said teachers now use games to whip up the interest of people during “lessons [and] their teaching methods have been improved through capacity building.”
On his part, the Tolon Education Director, Sulley Mohammed thanked Right To Play for the wonderful effort in supporting the government of Ghana.
He said “there is a remarking improvement in all the selected schools, especially bridging of the gender parity.”
Sulley Mohammed also said the play-based learning methodology introduced by Right To Play has brought an improvement in the attendance of both learners and teachers.
“Confidence among teachers and students has also been improved and now the learners can communicate effectively in English,” he added.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the Keta Municipal Education Director, Victor Kwaku Kovey said Right To Play has helped in promoting supplemental learning among learners in schools under the directorate.
“I want to thank Right To Play for providing mobile vans [that are being used in the municipality.] This is a very good measure because it is helping our learners to access reading materials,” he said.