Experts and young people discuss Sport, Education and Culture in Durban
The 7th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture kicked off in Durban, South Africa. The opening ceremony featured many high-profile speakers, including IOC President Jacques Rogge, IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education Chairman Lambis Nikolaou, UNESCO Deputy Director General Getachew Engida and South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.
The objective of the Conference is to enrich and link the agendas of all those participating – the Olympic Movement, the United Nations, the academic world, other experts in the field of education and culture and, last but not least, a number of young people.
During a festive opening ceremony that featured a drum band playing traditional and contemporary songs, Jacques Rogge said: “I am very pleased that this Conference is being held for the first time on the African continent. This continent which, this summer, once again showed the whole world that it was capable of successfully organising a major international sports event.” Looking at the Conference topics, he added: “The task we face is immense. But more than ever, we have the duty to offer a better future to our young people, and this brighter future can come also through sport.”
The event, organised in partnership by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and UNESCO, is taking place from 5 to 7 December under the motto “Giving a voice to youth”. More than 500 representatives from over 130 countries have signed up. Among them are several young people who participated in the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August 2010 as athletes, reporters or ambassadors. They will take the floor in all the debates and offer their first-hand input on their experiences in the fields of sport, education, culture and society.