World Play Week occurs simultaneously in nine countries in the region (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile) in addition to Brazil. The independent organisation Terre des Hommes Germany (tdh-A), is working with projects to support children, being one of the most important actors during the World Play Week in those countries. Your regional co-ordinator Tuto Beat Wehrle told us about the expansion of the project.
What is the importance of carrying out the SMJ in several Latin American countries simultaneously?
In Brazil there is already a good foundation for the right to play. The Week in its Brazilian version is an expression of this. But until recently this was the only experience in all of Latin America. Therefore, we have sought to take advantage of the presence of tdh-A in other countries of the region to expand the focus of World Play Week and have it throughout Latin America. Besides that, we have obtained the support of Volkswagen and that has given us the opportunity to make printed materials in Spanish, opening us many more possibilities in other neighboring countries. The right to play is often one of the most forgotten Articles of the International Convention on the Rights of Children. However, the right to play is of fundamental importance for the full development of children and adolescents. Therefore, the expansion of World Play Week throughout Latin America is essential.
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