Foundation Futbol Mas celebrates: ¿what is sport for development?
This Saturday, April 6, on an international scale, the world celebrates the power that sport has to contribute to solving social problems such as gender and migration inequalities, international conflicts, humanitarian emergencies and a large number of issues that the UN has asked to overcome through the Goals of Sustainable Development. Fundación Fútbol Más is one of the few organizations, and one of the many at a global level, dedicated to using football specifically to transform social realities.
“Sport is an important facilitator of sustainable development. We recognize the growing contribution of sports toward development and peace in terms of promoting tolerance, respect and contributing to the empowerment of women and young people, both at the individual and community level, as well as health, education and social inclusion,” says the United Nations, the international organization that celebrates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6.
This way of seeing things, which seeks to change the focus of sport that has always focused on competition, is on a global scale with more than 40 non-profit organizations seeking to improve the living conditions of people, as is done by Fundación Fútbol Más, which today is present in 8 nations and uses football to build more cohesive communities, contribute to the necessary improvements in gender inequality, acceptance of migrant diversity, education improvement needs, among others.
“It is not just a new perspective, but a new space where the world uses sport in an innovative way to improve the quality of life of people, of communities, especially centered on childhood”; says Víctor Gutiérrez, executive director of Fundación Fútbol Más.
During the week prior to the International Day of Sport for Development, NGOs, public organizations and private ones are joining the fight to achieve improvements in development, celebrating the week of sport.
“We recognize that sports and physical games play an important role in the child’s life. In its most fundamental aspect, sports and games are the rights of minors, as detailed in article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: States will recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to play and the recreational activities of their age and to participate freely in cultural life and in the arts,” says Unicef.
Among the themes that can be worked on from sport for development are: the physical, mental, psychological and social development of girls, boys and adolescents, academic improvements and the reduction of criminal acts. According to Unicef, sport can act as an effective programmatic tool that helps achieve goals in health, education, gender equality, HIV / AIDS, and protection and development of children and youth. That is the concept of sports for development, which is not simply an aim in itself but an effective instrument to improve the lives of children, their families and communities.
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