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The right to play: A new comment on Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Smirnova E.O., Doctor in Psychology, Head of the Center for Psychological and Pedagogical Expertise of Play and Toys, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sokolova M.V., Ph.D. in Psychology, specialist at the Center for Psychological and Educational Expertise of Play and Toys, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, email@example.com
On February 1, 2013 the UN announced the adoption of the General Comment on Article 31 of the Declaration on the Rights of the Child, which proclaims the right to play. The Comment was initiated by the International Play Association (IPA). In We provide additions and comments to Article 31 in authors’ translation, reveal their essence, clarify the meaning and purpose of the play in human life. We also present the results of the IPA actions aimed at consolidating the efforts of professionals involved in assertion of the play value, in investigation of its state in different countries. We highlight the specific measures aimed at the enforcement of children's right to play.
Keywords: children's play, the right to play, International Play Association (IPA), UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child, Article 31 of the Convention, proposals for the enforcement of the right to play, conditions for children's play, Adventure playground (APG).
Column: Program documents