Right To Play’s programs incorporate a methodology that uses sport and play as tools for learning in four areas:
- We Help Children Learn. Our programs foster the physical, mental and social development of children to teach important values and life skills.
- We Promote Health. Our programs are used to educate and mobilize communities around national health and disease prevention priorities, including HIV and AIDS, malaria and immunization.
- We Build Peace. Our programs are tools for teaching conflict resolution and peace building skills. Participation in regular activities facilitates the healing of communities and reintegration of children affected by war.
- We Develop Communities. To create change and have a sustainable impact, we work in partnership with local organizations to build community infrastructure through the engagement of local staff and local and international volunteers.
THEORY OF BEHAVIOUR CHANGE
Right To Play’s ultimate goal is to encourage behaviour change. This complex process involves more than simple knowledge and awareness building. Behaviour change involves acquiring skills to adopt and maintain behaviours and attitudes such as self-esteem, resistance to peer-pressure, resolving conflict peacefully and the ability to problem-solve.
Right To Play’s methodology ensures that both children and communities are able to put into practice the skills and attitudes learned through our programs. Our innovative methodology is founded on a unique understanding of social learning theory and child development needs.
Right To Play builds capacity of community members to:
- Be mentors and role models to children and young people.
- Increase awareness on how to support behaviour change.
- Use play to mobilize and strengthen links between schools and community-based organizations.
- Improve sport infrastructure and policy.
KEY FACTORS IN BEHAVIOUR CHANGE
- Creating and Maintaining Supportive Environments.Role models, family, Coaches, teachers, peers and Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors play an important role in helping people adopt new behaviours.
- Developing Essential Life Skills. These skills include the ability to manage stress, resist peer-pressure, communicate assertively, make decisions, set goals, motivate and lead others.
- Repeating Activities. Allowing children the chance to practice skills, knowledge, and attitudes, contributes to behaviour change.
- Adopting Healthy Attitudes. Gaining self-esteem and confidence, hope and optimism, empathy and compassion, and motivation helps to shift behaviours.
- Acquiring Knowledge About Issues. Children acquire facts about HIV and AIDS, risk reduction behaviours, and the impacts of stigma.