The 3rd International Symposium on International Development and Peace through Sport
The 3rd International Symposium on International Development and Peace was held on 12th December 2015, in Tokyo. Aiming to generate academic and pragmatic discussions on initiatives of international contribution through sport, 5 researchers and practitioners were invited to the symposium.
Dr. Richard Giulianotti (Loughborough University) started off the first session as a moderator. Under the topic of ‘Education and Empowerment’, Mr. Mel Young, Co-Founder of Homeless World Cup, presented the Homeless World Cup which empowers homeless people worldwide through football. He gave many good practice examples of how homeless people who reintegrated into society and highlighted the values of using sport for social change.
In the next presentation, Dr. Megan Chawansky (University of Brighton) showed her research on girls’ empowerment through sport with the Goal Program in India. She explained her findings on the relation between urbanization and girls’ empowerment through sport and suggested that more research should be done on women and girls in the field of Sport for Development.
In the second session, Dr. Dean Ravizza (Salisbury University) spoke about ‘Peacebuilding and Disaster Response’ and Mr. Shusaku Yamashita, from J.League, presented on the topic of ‘Event Legacy and Management’.
Dr. Ravizza delivered his talk on sport and children /youth in armed conflict and social inclusion, including his research on psychosocial sport program for former child soldiers in Northern Uganda and shared his experience in fieldwork.
Mr. Yamashita followed with his presentation on J.League initiatives in CSR. J.League has been reaching out to communities in Asia and refugee camps through football and expanding its partnerships with various institutions for creating new projects in using sport for underprivileged communities. He emphasized that everyone can start taking steps to take action using sport for a social cause.
The latter part of the symposium comprised of participatory workshop sessions, in small groups, which aimed to generate interactive discussions among participants on the three topics previously presented. Each group actively participated in sharing ideas and experiences and created commitments. To conclude the symposium, commitments from each group were consolidated into ‘Participants’ Commitment’ as their statement to engage in international development and peace through sport.
The symposium was attended by approximately 118 persons, of diverse backgrounds, students, public sector, private sector, education sector and others. We will continue striving to promote International Development and Peace through Sport.
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