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Play right and the right to play – Universal Children’s Day 2017

Bolting for the ball during a schools basketball program in Kiribati.
Bolting for the ball during a schools basketball program in Kiribati.

ABC: Aaron Kearney

It is the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day and all across the globe people are celebrating efforts to make a better world for children and vowing to work harder for those in need.

Sport is a key way to deliver children’s rights, including the right to a full and healthy life and the right to relax and play, among many others.

So let’s take a tour of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with ABC’s Aaron Kearney to see how the Australian Aid-supported Pacific Sports Partnerships are making children’s days.

Scoring a try in the League Bilong Laif rugby league sports for development program in Paua New Guinea.
Scoring a try in the League Bilong Laif rugby league sports for development program in Paua New Guinea.

ABC: Aaron Kearney

Fresh fuel rugby players in Samoa take a fruit break.
Fresh fuel — rugby players in Samoa take a fruit break.

ABC: Aaron Kearney

All eyes on the ball during a cricket clinic in Morobe Province PNG.
All eyes on the ball during a cricket clinic in Morobe Province PNG.

ABC: Aaron Kearney

The girls get a goal during a Just Play football for development program in the Solomon islands.
The girls get a goal during a Just Play football for development program in the Solomon islands.

ABC: Aaron Kearney

Standing guard during a Pikinini Plei Plei hockey game in Vanuatu.
Standing guard during a Pikinini Plei Plei hockey game in Vanuatu.

ABC: Aaron Kearney

Balloon badminton - a Tongan Australian girl gets an introduction to the world fastest racquet sport.
Balloon badminton - a Tongan Australian girl gets an introduction to the world fastest racquet sport.

ABC: Aaron Kearney

Lazing in your lane - taking a break from swimming training in Papua New Guinea.
Lazing in your lane - taking a break from swimming training in Papua New Guinea.

ABC: Aaron Kearney

Forehand Fiji style - a tennis lesson on in Viti Levu's West Coast.
Forehand Fiji style - a tennis lesson on in Viti Levu's West Coast.

ABC: Aaron Kearney

Getting ready for first bounce in an AFL game in Papua New Guinea.
Getting ready for first bounce in an AFL game in Papua New Guinea.

ABC: Aaron Kearney

This story was produced by ABC International Development as part of the Pacific Sports Partnerships funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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