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In a world marked by geopolitical tensions, the upcoming International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) offers an opportunity to highlight sport as an answer to peace. April 6 is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013.

This also to create a historical link with what were the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. This decision certainly represents a symptomatic step in identifying the power that sport holds to transform people and the relational context that is capable of triggering and the great potential to promote concrete and real social change launched to create a better world for our children and students. Since its inception, many national and international organizations (even many schools, to be honest) and many individuals have celebrated on this day the role that sport has in society and its power to foster intercultural, interracial, interreligious, understanding, social inclusion and peace on our continent and in the world.

Everyone can do their part

Everyone can do their part to help the global movement that drives this day grow. “Sport is an answer”. Try to highlight and draw attention to targeted examples of peace sports programs or through personal stories that highlight how sport could be an answer to social issues. Each of us can demonstrate our commitment to peace, unity and social integration through sport, and illustrate the responses that sport can bring to building a culture of peace. Now is the time to “act!” and concretely promote development and peace.

What does sport have to do with development and peace?

Around the world, sport is playing a bigger role in development and peace, as more and more people recognize its potential to mobilize communities for the common good. Sport is a natural partner for development and peace. The principles necessary for development and peace, such as cooperation, sharing, respect and fair play, are a natural part of sport. Sport brings individuals and communities together, highlighting what people have in common. Sport teaches discipline, leadership, confidence, tolerance, cooperation and respect.

Sport and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Sport can help achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Sport can be used to communicate important messages and to teach people about development issues.

Sports and health

Sport has many health benefits: Physical activity can reduce the risk of death from diseases ranging from cancer to stress and depression. Physical activity is the easiest way to improve public health.

Sports and education

Education is essential for everyone. Sport can teach young people basic values ​​and important life skills. Sport teaches important values ​​such as honesty, fair play, respect, cooperation and trust. It is important that sports programs include everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability. Encouraging girls to play sports can help break stereotypes and achieve gender equality, as sport is traditionally male.

Sport, sustainable development and economy

Development must meet the needs of people living today without escaping future generations. Sports programs should contribute to economic and social development and environmental sustainability.

Sport can help the economy because it requires goods and services, which create jobs and contribute to the local economy through production, direct employment, etc.

Social development

Sport contributes to social development by teaching fundamental values ​​and life skills. Sport can bring people together, improve social cohesion and solve social problems such as drug addiction, crime, gender equality and child labour. It also promotes volunteering. Sports depend on volunteers, international events and community activities. Volunteers learn new skills and feel good about themselves. Volunteering improves community participation and social well-being.

Environmental sustainability

Sport can also be a powerful tool for communicating environmental messages. Sport should be practiced in an environmentally sustainable way, without harming the environment because the destruction of the environment reduces the health and well-being of local populations.

Sport and peace

The international language of sport is able to cross cultures and bridge social and ethnic divides. This is why sport is a powerful tool for promoting peace. Sport promotes the social integration and tolerance necessary for lasting peace. In times of instability, sport helps people feel normal and provides structure in an unstructured environment.

Sport and partnership

Because sport has the power to bring people together, it is a very powerful communication tool. Sport reaches many different people in many unique ways; send the cooperation message. Many organizations partner with the sports world to teach people about key local and global issues:

  • using athletes as spokespersons;
  • devote sporting events to development issues;
  • using sport to mobilize resources;
  • taking advantage of media coverage of sporting events.

Practice fair play

The “Practice Fair Play” learning unit, created by the talented teachers of the Gianni Rodari Polyvalent Institute in Rome chaired by the main teacher, Professor Angela Palmentieri, has as its main theme “Sport: I win, I lose, I play”. The UoA produces “meetings between classes of the same complex and vertically for pre-competitive competitions”.

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