SPORTS ACTIVITIES

Recreational activities and sports promote the physical and psycho-social well being of children.  They distract children from painful feelings and help them heal and go through traumatic experiences of their life.  Moreover, such activities facilitate social integration which helps foster better relationships.

Fundamentally sports and play are children’s rights, as mentioned in article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Sport is an effective strategy to achieve goals of child protection and development. It can also improve the lives of children, families and communities as the activities grow. Sports can help them learn decision making, sportsmanship, time management, and enhance their motor, team-building, communication, and problem-solving skills. This will build their sense of community, self-esteem, and train them to be personally responsible. Similarly, not only will they empathize with their peers and other children, but they will also become resilient, strong and morally developed.

To further integrate sports and recreation in rehabilitation process, AF with its partners, government, civil society and sport bodies (local and national) has initiated development of a strategy to incorporate opportunities for sport, recreation and play into projects for children on streets. The strategy would be used to promote health and hygiene, encourage girl’s education, create child friendly spaces and highlight the harms of smoking, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and unsafe practices on streets. The strategy will also aim for educating young people life skills necessary to protect themselves on streets.

The strategy should identify and outline collaborations and partnerships among public and private institutions for creating environment that is safe and promotes healthy relationship between children on streets and adults, and

among children on streets as well. The strategy would also identify the opportunities for children of all ages on streets to express themselves, share their opinions and ideas, and become agents of change through collaborative work and interventions, current or new. Following are the recreational activities and sports which can facilitate in the rehabilitation and social reintegration of street children, identified by AF through its work.

Activities

Sports: Cricket
Football
Tennis
Hockey

Core Values & possible positive effects

Their physical and mental health will be maintained. They will learn team-building and sportsmanship, while also improving their social skills on the field. It will also promote understanding and appreciation of other’s personal differences and achievement

Methodology for the application of such activities may include:

  • Collaboration with various NGOs working for education and sports
  • Collaboration with local parks to provide a platform for conducting sport activities
  • Involvement of communities and citizens for voluntary support
  • Alliance with schools to conduct sport competition amongst school and street children
  • Agreements with sports clubs and societies to allow children use their facilities

The strategy may not be limited to these and go beyond the traditional methodologies.

In order to assist in development of this strategy, AF will conduct a consultation with relevant stakeholders and children. The consultation will also aim towards formulating recommendations on the implementation of this strategy at national and local level. The outcome of this consultation will be shared widely within government and development sector to advocate for implementation.