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How IKEA Foundation supports the right to play

IKEA Foundation puts every child’s right to play at the heart of its Good Cause campaign, Let’s Play for Change. November 20 is Universal Children’s Day. See how partnering with six leading organisations is making a difference worldwide.

A group of boys and girls smiling and laughing.
A group of boys and girls smiling and laughing.

Our mission. ‘For various reasons, not all children are enjoying their right to play. We want to change that,’ says Chris Williams, IKEA Foundation communications manager. ‘With help from our partners we want to create safe environments for them to fulfil their right.’ This includes supporting some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes. See more at

We use inclusive play and arts-based methods to build a sense of cohesion and belonging within communities, and to help disadvantaged children to learn, grow and develop

Cheryl Shin-Hua Yeam, regional technical coordinator at Handicap International

Thanks to the Let’s Play for Change campaign, we can reach even more young children with nurturing care programmes and help them grow up in enriching environments

Pia Rebello Britto, chief of Early Childhood Development at Unicef

Room to Read combines the science of learning to read with the magic of loving to read, developing a generation of independent readers who are breaking the cycle of illiteracy

Dr Geetha Murali, CEO Room to Read

Whether it’s an earthquake, a typhoon or armed conflict, children need protection and support. We transfer knowledge to local aid workers who act to save lives

Joan Marie Del Mundo, information and communications coordinator at Save the Children Philippines

Our project has opened doors that have previously been closed to children with intellectual disabilities by bringing our sport and play programme to over 10,000 communities in four countries

Rebecca Ralston, Director, Young Athletes at Special Olympics

Through the partnership, 18,000 Syrian and vulnerable local children in Jordan and Lebanon will be able to play, reclaim their childhood and rebuild their future

Tjipke Bergsma, CEO at War Child Holland