"If we play together, we learn about each other and learn to accept people who have different abilities."
- Elijah Lonsdale
In October 2021, we heard from 16 Logan children who all identified problems and solutions for them, especially problems and solutions relating to their play. Currently, they make up over 30% of the Logan population. Yet we often do not see representation of children in choices being made that impact their lives. Children want to be in the room where it happens!
Children believe that they should be more involved in decision which impact them, because as a 11 year old from Eagleby said - "It's better for the kids to answer these questions instead of adults, because adults can do whatever they want with the place. They don't actually know what would benefit the children."
So how can we (grown ups) do this? The Australian Institute of Play is dedicated to continued advocacy with these children to make the changes they want to see. Let's open up those doors so children can be in the room where it happens! Read the problems and solutions from the children below and contact us if you can help or if you have been motivated to make changes for children in your own life.