Global Match Day 2022 – “We need play and action – outside together” – CleanKids Magazine

“We need to play and exercise – outside together” is the motto of the German Children’s Fund for World Games Day on May 28, 2022. The German Children’s Fund, together with its partners in the Right to Play Alliance and cooperation this year draws the partner “Child-Friendly Municipalities eV” Pay attention to the fact that a wide range of outdoor exercise and play opportunities play a key role in the overall personal development and healthy growth of children.

World Match Day 2022 – “We need to play and practice – outside together” – Photo: Elf-Moondance on Pixabay

Especially in light of the restrictions that continue to apply to children in many places due to the Corona pandemic, it is important to raise awareness on the topic of encouraging play and physical activity and improving conditions for children to play outside. At the same time, the slogan is an appeal to parents to give their children the freedom they need and encourage them to play in the fresh air. Municipalities, clubs, initiatives and educational institutions are invited to participate in a campaign on the occasion of World Match Day 2022 and to ensure a fundamental improvement in the conditions of the framework.

“For children, playing together outdoors is the most natural thing in the world. But in many cases they were able to do it insufficiently even before the Corona pandemic. In the meantime, there is a risk that children’s play and their motor behavior will change radically In a negative way, childhood is increasingly turning inward. Because if they rarely have fun outside together and therefore move little, it can have a negative effect in adulthood. Conditions for playing together outside have deteriorated significantly in recent years, also due to the further densification of our cities And its closure, which means the loss of more and more open spaces and playing opportunities for children. The situation is worsened by the Corona pandemic and the associated restrictions on sports and recreational activities. The soul also suffers from a lack of opportunities to exercise and play. In particular, children from poor backgrounds are affected, “he emphasizes. Holger Hoffmann, National Director of the German Children’s Fund.

Child Friendly Communities focus on the rights of children and youth. This includes maintaining exercise and play areas for children and young adults and developing new areas with them. With our experience now ten years, child-friendly municipalities have created outdoor shows for children and young people during the Corona pandemic to compensate for restrictions and enable them to play and exercise. Children’s rights have played an important role in crisis teams. We hope that this experience will set a precedent in other municipalities,” says Dominic Bar, Director General of the Association of Child Friendly Municipalities.

World Match Day 2022 will be held across Germany for the fifteenth time. On International Games Day, schools, kindergartens, public institutions, clubs and neighborhood initiatives are asked to do exemplary or high-profile action in their city or community – whether it’s a game, engagement or protest action. Because the working day also serves to push for the right to play. Partners are responsible for managing their own event on site. The German Children’s Fund provides extensive campaign materials to promote World Games Day. More information at

About the German Childhood Fund

The Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk eV is committed to children’s rights in Germany. Overcoming child poverty and engaging children and young people in all matters that affect them is central to working as a child rights organisation. The non-profit association is mainly funded by private donations, which is why donation boxes are located in about 40,000 locations in Germany. The German Children’s Fund initiates and supports measures and projects that promote the participation of children and young people, regardless of their origin or residence status. Political pressure is working for the full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Germany, especially in the field of children’s participation, their interests in legislative and administrative measures, as well as overcoming child poverty and equal social participation for all. children in Germany.

In 2022, the “Child Friendly Municipalities” project will celebrate its tenth anniversary. It was launched in Germany in 2012 and is based on international experiences from the Child Friendly Cities Initiative. Since 1996, she has worked internationally to implement children’s rights at the local level. Several municipalities in Germany have already joined the programme – including Hanau, Cologne, Potsdam, Regensburg, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg. The “Child Friendly Communities” project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

Source: Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk eV

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