Celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
A symposium to celebrate the second International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was organized on April 6 at University of Tsukuba Tokyo campus.
We joined the event as a member of the Sport For Tomorrow Consortium and set up a booth to promote our activities.
Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Tsukuba signed a partnership agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2014. In collaboration with the JICA, five students were sent to Cambodia for about three weeks to implement activities using adapted sports for education as an initiative of the Sport For Tomorrow.
Photo panels of students’ activities in Cambodia were displayed at the booth and we introduced the joint initiative between the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya and the University of Tsukuba.
The symposium received 155 participants. Started with a special message from the securetary general of the United Nations, SDP projects and activities were presented by the Japan Overseas Cooperation Association (JOCA), participants of the 14th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp in Tohoku, and Mr. Kitazawa who is a former football player and currently taking a role as a Japan Sports Ambassador. In addition, the Sport For Tomorrow Consortium presented about the details of Sport For Tomorrow and presenters had discussion on SDP and their experiences in the following panel discussion.
It was a great opportunity to gather ideas and disscuss what is development through sport, why we need to engage in the field of SDP.