Today, the LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation are opening their doors to the world’s most creative geniuses, children, to help them voice support for their peers and share their thoughts on why every child deserves to have the right to play.
World Children’s Day marks the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child; 54 essential rights for all children, including the right to voice their opinion and the right to play.
For the LEGO contribution to “Kids Takeover”, a select group of children will assume a key responsibility of LEGO Group Chief Marketing Officer Julia Goldin’s role of ensuring world-class products and storytelling, and step into the shoes of the LEGO Foundation Chairman, Thomas Kirk Kristiansen’s role of advocating for learning through play. The children will direct a LEGO stop-motion advert on the power of play – using their very own words and creative ideas.
Julia Goldin CMO of the LEGO Group, said:
“Children are our role models. We listen closely to what they have to say in everything we do, from creating sets to telling stories. We are excited to join our partners to raise awareness of children's rights, especially the right to play which is critical to their development. I can’t wait to see the amazing content the kids will create and the powerful message they have to share with children all over the world."
Research shows that 98% of all 3-year olds are creative geniuses, but by the age of 25 only 3% have retained this skill*. Securing the presence of play in all children’s lives is essential as play is fundamental to the development of critical social, cognitive and creative skills needed to thrive and succeed in an increasingly complex and everchanging world. The consequences of missing out on play are significant.
John Goodwin, CEO of the LEGO Foundation said:
“Children have a basic need for learning and developing through play. Yet the importance of play is greatly underappreciated and its link to developing skills like critical thinking, creativity and problem solving not widely recognised. We know these skills will be even more crucial to thrive and succeed in the future and that urgent action is needed to equip and empower children. At the LEGO Foundation, we’re excited to give the stage and creative direction to the real play experts and get their perspectives on how we can drive this important message across the world.”
Despite tremendous progress in recent decades, according to a study shared in the Lancet** nearly 250 million children are in danger of not reaching their full potential because they don’t play, learn or eat as they should. Almost 57 million children do not go to any kindergarten or pre-school, and the majority of young children under five do not have access to playthings and toys. These deprivations not only hold back individual children, they launch a cycle of disadvantage and inequity that can continue for generations.
Justin Forsyth, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF said:
“We are thrilled to be working with organisations such as the LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation to harness the creative power of children and to make World Children’s Day a huge global success.”
The end-product of today’s efforts will be a stop-motion advert that will give a voice to the millions of children around the world who live without play, and premiere across the Group’s and Foundation’s online channels in early January 2018. To follow the event and capture behind-the-scene shots from the day go to LEGO.com or tune in on our Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. LEGO Life will be covering the event exclusively for children.