PSC, UNESCO team up to strengthen sports' role in community development

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 08, 2017 07:47 PM
PSC, UNESCO team up to build sports' role in community dev't
Irakli Khodeli of UNESCO and Butch Ramirez of PSC shake hands to signify the two outfits' partership.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) together with the Philippine Sports Institute tied-up with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) joined forces to hold the first 'Sport and the SGDs Youth Funshop' at the Philsports Complex today.

The three-day workshop aims to tackle the improvement of sports policies and strategies in the countries represented by the 29 international delegates at the event.

The workshop will work in conjunction to the ‘The Kazan Action Plan’ adapted by UNESCO’s Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI) held in Russia in July this year.

Irakli Khodeli, Head of Social and Sciences Unit in UNESCO-Jakarta beleives sports can help in improving the community, and in particular, the youth.

"These programs have greater impact on youth, especially in the Philippines where interesting angles of preventing violent extremism is present.”

This plan is also directly aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by UNESCO that seeks “to maximize the impact of sport at the community level,” something that PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez have been striving to spread across the country, through grassroots sports development.

“I believe that sports will be the answer to poverty in the Philippines. It is for this reason that the PSC values the Filipino children. We believe that sports will bring a better future for our country,” concluded Ramirez in his opening statement.

International representatives from the Asia Development Bank and Right to Play were also in the event that will last until November 10, 2017.

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