While there are many days of recognition and celebration on the international calendar perhaps none are more fitting to the movement of One Goal than the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April.
Sport is the 'language' without borders. It's reach and popularity from the most remote communities in the world to the most populous stadiums, and it's rich foundation of positive values, make Sport ideally placed to contribute to the United Nations objectives for development and peace. The power of Sport to change lives is deserving of its own dedicated day of recognition -- now 6 April as declared by the UN General Assembly.
The adoption of this Day acknowledges that increased access to sports doesn’t just produce better sporting outcomes. It also helps produce better health, education, social inclusion and social equality outcomes. For the One Goal movement, sport is the catalyst that can inspire a global football community of 1.4 billion strong to end child malnutrition in Asia and give Asia's next generation of footballers an equal playing field on the pitch and in life.
Through Sports for Development programs, One Goal is helping children living in some of Asia and Australia’s most disadvantaged communities to have a sporting chance at growing up healthy and strong. Capitalising on the existing popularity of “the world game” in the region, and as part of the program, One Goal partner World Vision is providing football coaching and life skills clinics to help encourage healthier eating and a healthy lifestyle within its communities. These programs aim to improve healthy eating and activity, and encourage community participation in children and youth aged six to 18 years.
Football clinics and life skills workshops will act as a platform to engage families, while early childhood and maternal nutrition education will help ensure children zero to five years are getting the best start in life. It is also hoped that through the program grassroots football and other youth activities can further develop in the region.
Sports for Development programs--through World Vision--are currently running in Mongolia and India, and will continue to expand to other areas where World Vision works including Nepal over the coming months. In Mongolia the program was launched in late 2014 in 10 areas where World Vision works targeting around 434,765 children, youth and their families. In India, the program launched in early 2014 and is currently targeting around 3,280,000 children, youth and their families.
On 6 April, join One Goal and partners in recognizing the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace and the impact sport for development programs are making in the fields of nutrition, health, and education around the world. Year round join the One Goal campaign to be part of the movement the seeks to end child malnutrition in Asia through the power of football.
See more organizations and campaigns leveraging sport for change and development on #IDSDP2015 and year round.