Hong Kong – Playright Children’s Play Association and IPSI Collaboration Efforts

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Playright was established in Hong Kong in 1987 as a charity that seeks to enrich the life of every child through quality play. We make a difference in the lives of children by encouraging them to play. They further seek to demonstrate to parents, teachers, policy makers and the public at large that quality play is vital if the full range of the child’s developmental and other needs is to be successfully met.

Through action, research and publicly covering four strategically related areas – Advocacy, Play Resources, Play Outreach, and Play Environments – Playright is helping to unlock the full potential of children in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia.

ADVOCACY ¬– They raise public concern about play and heighten recognition or its special values.
PLAY RESOURCES – They provide the tools, training and ideas that can make play an integral part of life everywhere and at any time.
PLAY OUTREACH – They create play opportunities in many different settings, including schools, families, hospitals and communities.
PLAY ENVIRONMENTS – They create safe, innovative and inspiring play environments for all children.

Training Playworkers is an ongoing effort. They received private funding to provide Playworkers in various hospitals to provide fun activities for children. They host many large community “play days” and other special activities for families. Playright recently received a grant to promote and publish fun family play activities. Each of these published activities comes with a list of supplies the family would likely find around the home.
Playright’s answer to the following question, “Why children need to play?” Their response, “Play lets children explore the world around them, create their own fresh worlds, and respond flexibly to new demands and challenges. Play helps children learn and develop as individuals and as members of their community. Play is serious fun that demands sufficient time and space.”

One of Playright’s challenges is to increase the public’s awareness of who they are, what they do, and hopefully inspire the public to get involved with their programs and activities. At their annual gala fundraising event they presented a video highlighting their program and recognize their volunteer efforts to help expand and promote the value of play. I think their new video hits the mark. I urge you to click on the link and see for yourself what they are all about.

Our training schedule for this trip was full from 8 until 6 each night but there was always time at night to seek out new places, people, things, and of course food. The night skyline of Hong Kong is one of the world’s best. The views of Victoria Bay can be appreciated from many tall buildings, observation decks, and several forms of water transportation. Enjoy the photos above. We did!

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