Sport for Sustainable Development project
The Sport for Sustainable Development project was forced to start under unusual circumstances due to the Covid-19 situation across Europe. Nonetheless, all project partners and involved stakeholders were able to participate in an virtual meeting replacing the in person kick off meeting that was set to take place in Budapest (Hungary). Project leaders ENGSO Youth, hereby represented by Bence Garamvölgyi, Ugne Chmeliauskaite, and Polona Fonda, put together this presentation of the project.
In today’s interconnected world, many young people are concerned about global issues, while sustainability remains one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Due to its universality, sport is an ultimate tool to empower, connect and educate young people all over the world. The upcoming summer Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, Dakar 2022 and Paris 2024 have considerable potential to raise awareness on the importance of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The Sport for Sustainable Development project led by ENGSO Youth aims to involve youth leaders, trainers, coaches and NGO staff from three continents (Europe, Asia and Africa) in a number of interrelated activities in order to develop their knowledge on sport’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. Within the frameworks of the initiative a training course will be implemented in Japan (September 2020) and a youth exchange will take place in Senegal (January 2021). The outcomes will be introduced at a conference in France in 2021.
The Erasmus+ funded initiative builds on an 18 months long cross-sector cooperation allowing involved organizations to exchange experiences and methodology in the field of sport-based and youth-led sustainable development, thus also strengthening their capacities for increased levels of action. Partner organizations involve the Educational Foundation of the Kokushikan University (Japan), the Senegal National Olympic and Sports Committee, the University of Physical Education (Hungary) and Sport & Citizenship.