Government has held belated World Play Day commemorations in Mberengwa East aimed at creating an integral dynamic in human development namely the right and access to play through recreational pursuits.

The World Play Day is earmarked to celebrate the rights and freedoms of Zimbabweans particularly children to exercise voluntary and spontaneous engagement in play instigated with a view to develop their physical, emotional and cognitive being.

Speaking during belated World Play Day commemorations at Mbuya Nehanda High School in Mberengwa East, Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane said government essentially acknowledges the basic rights to play as a vital sociological component for unleashing the sporting potential in children.

Minister Hlongwane said: “Mindful of the underlying provisions and guiding principles of this United Nations Convention, it becomes befitting for the Ministry of Sport and Recreation to be emphatic on play as a basic right for child development from elementary level to maturity. This headlong manoeuvre to promote play emanates from the realisation that play provides opportunities for initiative, interaction, creativity and socialisation within children and adults and aids to the reduction of incompatibilities between daily life and work”.

The belated World Play Day commemorations were held in tandem with the United Nations Convention on the rights of children, as broadly articulated in article 31 which states 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’.