5 Reasons Why Sport is A Valuable Tool for Development and Peace

Children actively participating in child club activities that enable them to enjoy a safe playground

The concept of Sport for Development and Peace is rooted in the recognition that sport possesses unique attributes that enable it to contribute to development and peace processes. These attributes include:

    1. Universal popularity – transcending of national, cultural, socio-economic and political boundaries, when done right, sport is enjoyable for participants and spectators alike and can be invoked in virtually any community in the world.
    2. Capacity as a powerful global communications platform – Because sport events offer the capacity to reach vast numbers of people, they are effective platforms for public education & social mobilization.
    3. Ability to connect – sport is an inherently social process bringing together players, teams, coaches, volunteers & spectators.
    4. Cross cutting nature – sport can be used to address a broad range of social and economic challenges.
    5. Potential to empower, motivate and inspire – sport has the natural ability to draw on, develop, and showcase individual strengths and capacities.

Sports foster physical health and child development

Researches and studies list out the benefits achievable through sport as promoting health and preventing diseases, enhancing the inclusion and well-being of person with disabilities,  strengthening child and youth development and education, enhancing social inclusion, preventing conflict and building peace, and promoting gender equity and empowering girls & women.

Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.

At ChildFund, in the framework of many child protection projects, we have made use of sports such as tag rugby, table tennis, badminton, volleyball, chess… to enable children and communities practice their right to play, build their essential life skills as well as raise their awareness about child rights and realisation. Let’s have a look at the latest snapshot of Pass It Back - a sport-based project that helps convey one of the most powerful messages that support the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

Reference source: Right to Play, Declaration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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