Sports for Development and Peace

It was many years ago during a work trip to Denmark, that I came across some physical education instructors from public schools, sharing stories about education and practices they shared that in Denmark P.E. classes removed all elements of competition from the sports they practiced, and rather took sports class as an opportunity for team building and focusing on social skills and enjoyment, rather than fostering a sense where pupils need to excel over one another. At first I admit I was quite skeptical about this whole approach until they shared a statistic that compared to other parts of Europe the majority of Danes continue doing and practicing sports also when they finish school, because most retain a positive, fun and connecting memory to doing sports, rather than bitter defeats, shaming performances, that create a negative anchor and distance youth from sports once it is not compulsory anymore. Indeed that can well be the key and purpose of sports in today‚Äôs society and in shaping present and future generations. Fortunately, not only Rescogita thinks so, today is the International Day for Sport for Development and Peace, sports as a tool and means to reach the Millenium Development Goals. Specifically looking at the universal popularity of sports, it crosses and eliminates cultural, social, economic and political borders. It provides enjoyment or all and has a capacity of being a powerful global communication platform reaching millions, and most of all it has the power to empower, motivate and inspire, bringing out individual and community strengths. 

Rescogita is a startup that focuses on education through training, coaching, capacity building and consulting, grounded on the principles of ecopsychology, meaning in identifying practical solutions to affect the wellbeing of the individual, the community and the biosphere in a single approach. 

Published by Lorenzo Nava

Consultant, Trainer and Coach, on participatory learning processes, experiential learning dynamics, non formal education and NLP certified practitioner