02.04.2019 -

Sports and education, key issues for the Ibero-American Sports Council's

On February 21st of 2019, the XXV Assembly of the Ibero-American Sports Council (CID for its Spanish acronym) took place in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Within the Assembly’s framework, UNESCO and the CID organized the panel “The role of sports in education and learning: opportunities and proposals”.

Ministrers and Sports High Authorities from all over Ibero-America attended the event. For the first time in a meeting of this category, some Education Ministers and High Authorities of the region were also invited, such as the Minister of Education from Bolivia, Roberto Aguilar; Technical Vice-minister of Education from Guatemala, Héctor Alejandro Canto and the Vice-minister of Education form Uruguay, Edith Moraes.

The session was set up by the Sports Secretary from Uruguay and CID President, Fernando Cáceres and by the Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau of Science for Latin America and the Caribbean, Lidia Brito.

As Ms. Brito emphasized, this Assembly represented the first interministerial dialog between Sports and Education’s political representatives from the Region that had the objective of finding joint strategies for working towards the promotion of sports as a key element to achieve quality education as it is suggested by one of the main points of the Kazan Action Plan.

“If we want to reach the 2030 Agenda’s goals, we need to thing about more interministerial cooperation and this meeting is on the right path”
, stated Ms. Brito.

Sport Ministers showed interest in continuing to deepen the joint work and proposed the systematization of existing experiences from the different countries.

Furthermore, Education Authorities also underscored the need of strengthening cooperation and put forward including sports as one of the topics to be dealt with by the SDG4 Regional Steering Committee, created after the III Regional Conference on Higher Education 2018.

UNESCO will continue to work together with Sport and Education Ministers and High Authorities of the Region, promoting the role of sports as a key element to achieve quality education and a permanent lifelong learning.

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