Children’s Right to Play in Papua New Guinea: Insights from Children in Years 3 – 8

Kym SIMONCINI, Sue Elliott, Victoria Carr, Elisapesi Manson, Lalen Simeon, Joros Sawi

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This paper describes children’s participation in and perceptions of a redeveloped playground in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The playground was a partnership between three western early childhood education academics and a teacher education faculty at the Pacific Adventist University (PAU), PNG to promote children’s right to play. Children in PNG are typically deterred from playing during school lunch and recess and school playgrounds mostly consist of open grassed areas. Three hundred children attending the PAU on-campus primary school (Years 3 – 8) led the design, assisted with the build and reflected on their experiences and feelings about the playground. Both boys and girls overwhelmingly reported positive experiences and feelings towards the playground including students in Years 7 and 8 who were not permitted to use the playground. This study demonstrated that school playgrounds can enact children’s right to play and that children can participate in both playground design and research in PNG
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-160
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Play
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018


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