To live peacefully… let’s start again with sport?
It is no coincidence that sport is defined in the 2030 Agenda as an important factor for sustainable development. Why? Because practicing sport promotes tolerance, respect for one’s opponent, and health care. For sport, there are no gender barriers or limitations related to age or disability. These are just some of the main reasons why it is important to involve students in a learning experience around the sport. Sport should be understood, and experienced, as an opportunity to challenge only personal limits, promote inclusion and peace. Indeed, the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 6 April as the “International Day of Sport for Development and Peace”.
A system of interconnected competences
The learning scenario, which ties in with the cross-curricular teaching of civic education, enables students to put their digital skills (as described in the European DigComp model ) and personal and social skills (as described in the LifeComp model ) into action. Stimulated by the teacher, facilitator of the learning process, they search for information, create and share content, reflect on the theme “sport as a factor of sustainable development”.
The teacher introduces the concept of sustainable development, the 2030 Agenda, and the role of sport in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals by using the interactive digital space “Sustainable Sport” to share resources. To activate moments of confrontation, it uses mainly the video tool and the Flipgrid platform. The students, stimulated by the input provided and guided by the teacher’s instructions, work in groups to search for information and to produce and share short videos.
The resources on the Europeana platform are also used to tell the story of “sustainable” sport, ranging from “Heroes of the Olympic Games” to “Stories of the Paralympic Games”. The last step is the invitation to create and share a story based on the model suggested by the Europeana platform with the aim of supporting the message “sport is an important factor for sustainable development”.
Students, as young citizens, live days in which they are surrounded by challenges on many fronts (from misinformation to war) the proposed learning experience stimulates them to reflect constructively on the importance of cultivating skills to identify ways and attitudes to create sustainable communities.
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Public Domain Mark 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the The Dutch Olympic Committee, Dutch Sports Federation.