Students’ Editorials


CMIA Conducts I Have Right to Play


Right to Play Nigeria2Staff, students and parents of Creative Minds International Academy came out in their number to join the Global Network for Rights and Development, to make the 2015 “I HAVE RIGHT TO PLAY”. The project was conducted at the CMIA School Open Field, with two teams, consisting of 24 players participating in a football match. Trophies and medals were presented to participating teams. This was preceded by seminars and lectures in the School’s Assembly Hall. The themes of the sessions were “self-development” and “teambuilding”. The sessions were based on play-based learning through various sports and games to teach children skills and good life values in order to motivate them to the utmost. In maximize to the opportunity for children to enjoy participating, practicing and  competing  in  sports  in  a  safe  and  adequate  environment,  GNRD  organized  an  official,  all-day,  transformational sports tournament. GNRD combined sports activities with ideologies of human rights and development in order to both support rights to play and educate children about their rights. The GNRD-RTP project promoted significant public awareness about children’s rights. These recent project launches have been cemented and will now multiply, as the project evolves into an international phenomenon.

Right to Play Nigeria7Playing sport is a matter of learning, not winning or losing. There is no true victory without learning how to win gracefully and lose with dignity. But first and foremost, playing sport is a human right. In 1978, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) described the access and participation in sports and physical education as a “fundamental right for all” – this has been recognized in a number of international conventions. Thus, without equal rights to play, there can be no just champion of the world. In many places around the globe, children’s equal rights are ignored and disrespected due to the fact that they live in poor social and economic conditions. This translates into alarming statistics that reflect massive numbers of children who are robbed of their childhood – they are forced to work, while accesses to education, the ability to play and fully enjoy their childhood are their birthrights.

Right to Play Nigeria1The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) sheds clear light on these intolerable facts by establishing the “I Have a Right to Play” project (hereby abbreviated as GNRD-RTP). This project is a rights-based approach to development, first implemented in Sudan (Khartoum) and Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) late in 2013, then in the State of Palestine in July 2014. Several amateur football teams were prepared and categorized into two age groups (7-10 and 11-15).  GNRD provided all necessary equipment and required technical support (uniforms, shoes, balls, stadiums, referees, medical team and professional coach) and conducted several friendly matches.  Furthermore, GNRD’s team in Sudan established special implementation in the name of empowerment of girls where they got the opportunity to participate and compete in Volleyball. Therefore, GNRD gave vulnerable children the authentic opportunity to enjoy their right to play in a safe and adequate environment. T his initiative to reinforce children’s rights achieved attention from government departments, media and civil society organizations. The positive impact that GNRD made by establishing the project put into emphasis the necessity for international society to take responsibility and to ensure that these rights are fulfilled.

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The Necessity of Education

Education helps us with many things, but most importantly, it empowers an individual to think, question, and see beyond the obvious. Human beings are born with a natural tendency to question. Education is the best way to satiate our curiosity, without extinguishing the burning desire to learn and explore more. Here are a few ‘obvious’ reasons for educating oneself.

  • Education broadens our horizon and gives us a better understanding of the world around us and how things work.
  • The world needs education, since it is the basis of a civilized, structured society.
  • Education helps people to think rationally and avoid illusions in life.
  • Education reduces social and economic disparity, allowing progress to be shared equally.
  • It gives scope for technical advancements in fields of science and technology.
  • Studies indicate that educated people have longer life expectancies. They tend to lead a healthier lifestyle by exercising more and playing more sports. Most of them understand the implications of diet and lifestyle on their health, enabling them to make healthy choices.

✍On an average, educated people have more meaningful and interesting jobs than those held by uneducated people. They are usually in a position to make decisions at work. This results in higher job satisfaction which leads to a better quality of life.
✍Educated people are found to have higher self-esteem. Their lives are mostly well-planned, and have a definite direction. They have better problem-solving skills and are consequently better equipped to handle everyday decisions.
✍Children of educated parents have access to better education facilities. These children have a higher cognitive development as compared to children of uneducated parents.
✍Educated people are better positioned to contribute positively to society, and even towards the environment, as they understand the implications of their choices and actions.
✍In developing countries, education is viewed as means to alleviate poverty and engineer social change. It isn’t a magic pill for solving all the problems. But it can surely be a ladder to climb out of poverty, exclusion, ignorance, oppression, and war.
One may turn back the pages of history and reexamine primitive societies and their barbaric lives. It is the best way to realize the need of education. Many ineffective, modern educational systems have proved successful in opening people’s eyes, but they have closed people’s minds. It is very important to analyze needs and improvise the support system to ensure a better future for forthcoming generations. Its purpose should be to empower mind and soul, to achieve its full potential. Whether our systems achieve or hinder that purpose is another discussion.
By Marian K

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