MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), together with the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI), on Wednesday linked up with UNESCO to hold the first Sport and the SGDs Youth Funshop at the Philsports Complex.
The three-day workshop focuses on strengthening sports policies and strategies in the countries represented by 29 international delegates.
The event is in alignment with the Kazan Action Plan, which was adopted during 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.
"These programs have greater impact on the youth, especially in the Philippines were interesting angles of preventing violent extremism is present," said Irakli Khodeli, head of Social and Sciences Unit in UNESCO-Jakarta.
The plan is also directly aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by UNESCO, which seeks "to maximize the impact of sport at the community level."
This is something that PSC chairman William "Butch" Ramirez has 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," Ramirez said in his opening statement.
International representatives from the Asia Development Bank and Right to Play were also in the event that will run until Friday, November 10.
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