Right to Play
Roshan Rastay – Pathways for a Brighter Future through Play and Sport
2021 - 2024

Right To Play enhances the quality of education by training teachers in rural and impoverished urban schools to use active, child-centered approaches to more effectively teach literacy, numeracy, and other curriculum content.

While Pakistan has been successful in reducing overall levels of poverty, lowering infant and under-5 mortality, and increasing primary school enrolment, Pakistan is ranked 154 out of 189 countries and territories on the Human Development Index.1 With one of the lowest rates of investment in education, Pakistan has the unfortunate distinction of being second on the global ranking of out-of-school children.2 Socio-cultural barriers reduce demand and combine with supply-related issues, such as the availability of schools and adequately trained teachers, to hamper access and retention.

Roshan Rastay – which is Urdu for “bright paths” – is a three-year, USD 1,5 million program that will be implemented in four districts in Pakistan (Thatta, Karachi, Sujawal, and Islamabad), aimed at addressing the country’s major education challenges by providing access to education for out-of- school children and bringing about meaningful change in quality of learning for all children, by building the capacities of the relevant stakeholders on creating a positive learning environment and the use of child-centred, play-based pedagogies.

Through working in 110 formal primary schools, 56 non-formal education centers and 89 charity schools, Right To Play will reach 38,800 children from the most disadvantaged communities. By engaging them in regular play-based learning activities, in a safe and child-friendly learning environment, Right To Play will support them to develop important life-skills, helping them to become agents of change in their communities and lead a self-determined life.