Who is IPA Turkey?
International Play Association (IPA) is an international non-governmental organization established in Scandinavia in 1961. IPA carries out works to protect, support and disseminate child’s right to play which was accepted in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
IPA has members in close to 50 countries, and active groups in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England/Wales/Northern Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, USA. IPA member groups initiate a wide variety of projects that promote the child’s right to play. These include seminars, conferences, study tours, research, publications, playground design, playwork training and the organization of play programs and Play Days. National groups often collaborate with other organizations which promote the well-being of children and children’s rights.
IPA is an interdisciplinary organization that brings people from all areas of expertise, who are working with children and working for the benefit of children, together.
The diversity of professional groups is one of the strongest aspects of IPA. IPA promotes the exchange of information between playworkers and researchers by supporting interdisciplinary and intersectoral discussion and analysis. The informal link between IPA members allows two or more countries to work together on projects. IPA members see children’s well-being as a universal issue; Developing physical and social environments that promote the safety and health of children and young people requires local and universal commitment. National members host IPA’s international conferences every three years.
IPA also gives General Comment on Convention on the Rights of the Child. In 2013, IPA made a success by drawing attention to and acceptance of the right to play and creation of playgrounds for children in crisis and disaster such as flood, disaster, earthquake and war.
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Active Living Association is International Play Association’s working group in Turkey.