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The beginning of the year 2018 represented already an important milestone for the ISF Vision 2030 implementation.
Indeed, under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the ISF, the Ministery of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ministery of Youth and Sports organised the 15 and 16th January, in Rabat, the 1st African School Sport Forum whose the theme was "School Sport: An Essential Lever for the Development of African Sport".
Back in 2016, after the election of the city of Marrakesh to host the Gymnasiade - School Summer Games 2018, the ISF and representatives of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth and Sport imagined an event which could gather the African states to discuss together the development and the coordination of school sport in Africa. One year and an half later, Morocco succeeded to host the first high level african school sport seminar which gathered more than 200 persons coming from 38 countries including 31 African countries such as Kenya, Mauritania, Sudan, Nigeria, Angola, Liberia, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Djibouti, Gabon, Algeria, Egypte, Burundi, Morocco, Guinea, Guinea - Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, Niger,Tanzania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, African Central Republic (RCA), Tchad, Cote d'Ivoire, Tunisia, Togo, Republic Democratic of Congo, Ghana.
''The ISF always wished to cooperate further with African states to spread the school sport movement around the world.Thanks to the great cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco the ISF has really the possibility to create a crucial and long term change to work with the African states and include them more in our governing system'' said Mr Petrynka, ISF President.
The forum played a role of catalyser to mobilise African countries for their participation in the Gymnasiade 2018 - School Summer Games which will take place for the first time in Africa (Marrakesh, 2- 9th May) but also to seal our long term cooperation starting from the next ISF General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, from 18-21th May. The ISF President stressed the incredible effort of the Kingdom of Morocco to welcome the world in Africa, which announced that it will cover accommodation and food for at least 30 participating countries. A special thanks has been sent to the School Sport Federation of Morocco led by the Secretary General of Ministry of the Education of Morocco - Mr Youssef Belqasmi, which are putting great effort toward in the organisation of the Gymnasiade 2018.
The objectives of the was to:
High Level speakers from UNESCO, World Sport Alliance and IOC as well as Olympic and World Champions joined the event to present the role that school sport and sport in school play in the youth development and therefore on the society globally. Ms Nawal El Moutawakel (IOC Vice President and Olympic Champion), Mr Phinith Chanthalangsy (UNESCO), Mr Gilles Klein (World Sport Alliance), Hicham El Guerrouj (Olympic and World Champion), Gevrisse Emane (Olympic Medalist and World Champion), Ministers of Education, Youth and Sport from African Central Republic (RCA) and Ghana as well as International Federation representatives from ITF, World Archery, World Wrestling Union and and FIPJP. Other international Sport figure like Mr Teddy Riner (Olympic and World Judo Champion) and Mr Souleymane M'Baye (Boxing Champion) were present through a video support.
The ISF delegation was composed by Laurent Petrynka - ISF President, Stelios Daskalakis - Deputy President, Robson Aguiar - Vice President, Jan Coolen - Secretary General, Zeljko Tanaskovic - Executive Committee Member, Hrvoje Custonja - Executive Committee Member, Cristina Branzoi - Executive Committee Member (photo below)
During these 2 days of forum, each school sport representatives had the opportunity to present their national and regional school sport activities and events. Each participant have now more background to orientate their future cooperation in Africa. The Forum has been concluded by the presentation of the Rabat Declaration which promotes the role of school sport in the education system and as a tool for well being and development of the youth. The Declaration will be soon translated from french to english on the ISF website.
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