At the first African School Sports Forum, Dr. Gilles Klein, Secretary General of the World Sports Alliance Intergovernmental Organisation (WSAIGO) invites the thirty-eight African delegations to join the Global "Sport for Development and Peace" (SDP) initiative
In Rabat - Morocco, Dr. Gilles Klein, secretary General of the WSAIGO, addressed the African delegations and the intergovernmental sports organizations present to invite them to take an active part in the restructuring of the worldwide "Sport for Development and Peace" (SDP) sector to be organized in the spring of 2018.
At the first African School Sport Forum held, in Rabat, on the 15th and 16th of January 2018, duringthe introductory conference of that event, Dr. GillesKlein, Secretary General of the World Sports Alliance Intergovernmental Organization, addressed the thirty-eight (38) African delegations that were present and led by the Minister of Education, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Morocco, their cabinet directors or directors of physical and sports activities, physical education and school sport. In the audience, several intergovernmental organizations were present, including the Conference of Francophone Ministers of Youth and Sports (CONFEJES) and the Conference of Francophone Ministers of National Education (CONFEMEN).
Dr. Gilles Klein, thekeynote speaker, recalled the delicate situation in which physical education, school sport and youth sport currently find themselves on a global scale, particularly in African Countries. The situation is illustrated by the following paradox: "The more the needs of the populations increase, the more the public offer of physical activity tends to decrease".
As part of the World Summits of Physical Education and Sport convened by UNESCO, Ministers recall that access to “sport for all” is a fundamental human right, however theyconcedethat this right is far from being respected. For ministers, one of the major problems is investment. Access to physical education and sport for all, management training, availability of facilities and equipment depend on funding that is, all too often, lacking.
Following a reflection on the financing of sustainable development and the seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and the need to associate sport as a means forsustainable development, Dr. Klein invited to thirty-eight African delegations to coordinate their views on the international scene.
Thus, he proposed to the President and the Secretary General of CONFEJES and to the Commonwealth Ministers to take part actively in the think tank on restructuring the Global SDP sector that will take place in the spring of 2018.
In her communication, the representative of the CONFEJES replied to the Secretary General of the WSAIGO, Dr. Gilles Klein,that she will transmit his request to the Secretary-General of the CONFEJES expressing that her organization was able and willing to contribute to the restoration and rejuvenation of the Global SDP sector as a componentof one of the main objectives ofher intergovernmental organization.