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03 Dec 2010
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Youngsters gear up for 7th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture

Several young people who participated in the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August 2010 as athletes, reporters or ambassadors are currently on their way to Durban, South Africa, to participate in the 7th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture. The event, organised in partnership by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and UNESCO, will take place from 5 to 7 December under the motto “Give a voice to youth”. More than 500 representatives from over 130 countries have signed up.

A first for Africa

The Conference is being held for the first time on the African continent, and will be opened by IOC President Jacques Rogge, IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education Chairman Lambis Nikolaou, UNESCO Deputy Director General Getachew Engida, South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and other high profile speakers.

Youth Caucus as a highlight

The discussions in the following two days will take place in plenary and parallel sessions and centre on topics such as values-based education, the role of young people in promoting inter-cultural dialogue through sport, the Cultural Olympiad, a place for sport in the education curricula, and how to develop a culture of healthy lifestyles, to name just a few. Young people will take the floor in all the debates and offer their first-hand input on their learning experiences in these fields. The Conference will conclude with a youth caucus, “How sport plays a part in MY life”, in which the YOG participants will share their own stories with their South African peers.

International Year of Youth

The character of this event is in line with the 2010 International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, proclaimed by the United Nations. UNESCO will present the objectives and activities of this initiative and demonstrate how sport is being used to fight racism and discrimination.

Learn more about the Conference here.
Click here to read the full programme.

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