The UN convention on the Rights of a Child in its Article 31 states that “That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.” Article 31 is now being known as the ‘forgotten article of the Convention’. Unfortunately, government ministries or departments of the member countries who have ratified the Convention have not been able to include or gauge the importance of Article 31 in its entirety. It is disappointing that an Article with so much relevance and importance can be so casually ignored by most of the activists around the world.
A child’s brain develops when they are involved in active physical and mental activities. Play should not be considered as a leisure activity, but something that aids in the growth of a child and promotes emotional well being as well. It is through games and toys that a toddler learns to identify colours and shapes, thereby helping improve their motor skills. For young children as well, learning alphabets and numbers can be far easier if done using toys or games.
With this belief, The Toy Bank caters to the specific needs of kids to play with toys. We, at The Toy Bank, ensure that the child has access to toys – both educational and for leisure, thereby making certain that the child’s Right to Play is not violated. We also believe that toys are extremely significant for the holistic development of a child and therefore work vigorously in providing toys and story books to the underprivileged children.