Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration
Risk-taking is Essential for Children's Well-being
While promoting risk-taking on school grounds may raise questions of liability for schools and concerns for parents it is essential for the development of healthy young people, according to a declaration released September 4, 2017 by the International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA). This declaration is endorsed by all 54 of ISGA's Leadership Council members, representing 38 organizations from 16 countries and six continents.
The Declaration cites research from around the globe demonstrating the benefits of risk-taking and showing that indiscriminate risk-minimization policy can be a source of harm. The Declaration calls on those who plan and manage school environments to take benefits of risk into account. It further encourages parents, school officials, legislators and insurers to devise policies and processes that permit schools to provide activities with beneficial levels of risk.
The Risk in Play and Learning Declaration (also called the Ubud-Höör Declaration) was developed at ISGA Leadership Council meetings in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia and Höör, Sweden. We invite you to download a copy of the Declaration to share with your colleagues in Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese. We will also have the Declaration available in additional languages later this fall.
Endorse the Declaration
The ISGA encourages individuals and organizations around the world to show their support for the benefits of risk in play and learning by endorsing the Declaration. Please click the link below for more information.
For more information about the Declaration, please contact ISGA Risk Working Group Co-Chairs, Lisa Howard and Anders Wånge Kjellsson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Share the Declaration in Many Languages
Chinese (simplified) / 中文(简体)
Czech / čeština
German / Deutsch
Indonesian / Bahasa Indonesian
Portuguese / Português
Swedish / Svenska
Chinese (traditional) / 繁體中文
Dutch / Nederlands
French / Français
Greek / Ελληνικά
Japanese / 日本語
Spanish / Español
Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt