Islamabad - Right To Play believes that September 21st is a day to commemorate that we all have a right to peace. More than 30,000 children are being engaged by Right To Play for Peace Day celebrations across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD-While intolerance and violence are escalating in Pakistan, there is need to sensitize and educate young people of Pakistan who have enormous potential to affect public attitude and perceptions.

Mainstreaming children and youth in Pakistan has exceedingly become sensational to promote peace and development and mitigate conflicts. Children and youth are key instrument to nurture peace and strengthening tolerance in society, said Right To Play Pakistan in a celebration of International Day of Peace 2014.

Right To Play Pakistan, a nongovernmental organization, organized this ceremony in Islamabad in collaboration with Mashal Model School, Barri Imam and Master Ayub’s Kiran Center. During the peace day celebrations, children presented different skits and peace songs. Children and participants signed the UNESCO Peace Manifesto and pledged to contribute for peace in world. Right To Play is engaging more than 30,000 children and youth in peace celebrations across Pakistan.

Every year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The theme of International Day of Peace 2014 is “Right of Peoples to Peace”.

Right To Play believes that today’s Pakistan needs a message of peace, tolerance and harmony. It is essential to initiate the awareness with children to build to better future. Right To Play is rightly doing this by engaging more than 200, 000 children through its play and sport programs across Pakistan, said Iqbal Jatoi, Country Manager, Right To Play Pakistan.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Every year September 21st offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the organization was founded. This year’s theme recognizes the UN’s General Assembly’s Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace that affirms promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

Right To Play Pakistan is carrying out several activities to mark International Day of Peace 2014 by organizing different events including peace sessions with school children, drawing competitions, peace tournaments and signing Peace Manifesto in different cities of Pakistan.

Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association)  in his special message for International Day of Peace, has called for celebrating the day not only as a day of fun and community solidarity but as a special opportunity to focus on all that football can teach us-the life skills of winning and losing with grace and dignity, of showing respect for others, practicing fair play, tolerance and understanding and learning team work.

Right to Play is an international organization founded by four times gold medalist Olympian and social entrepreneur, Johann Olav Koss. Right To Play’s headquarter is in Canada. The organization has its programs in more than 20 countries affected by war, poverty and diseases in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and North America. In Pakistan Right To Play has engaged 200,000 children in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Islamabad. It is using sport and play as a tool to promote development and peace.