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The importance of sport and play for children

When we talk about poverty it often makes us think about issues such as poor education, inadequate water and toilets, substandard healthcare or risks to children such as violence or war.

While these are very real issues, for me it’s been important to broaden my ideas of what poverty is, to include issues around sport and play.

I’ve been working overseas for 10 years now and throughout this time, I’ve seen the enjoyment and learning children can get from participation in games and sports.

In the video below, I talk a bit more about my experiences of this and why I believe this is critical to helping children reach their full potential. I’m interested to hear your comments and questions.

ChildFund Laos country manager Chris Mastaglio talks about the importance of play and how ChildFund is helping to create play opportunities for children in rural Laos.

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