THE FIRST ONLINE GLOBAL COURSE ON SPORT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY SPORTANDEV AND ITS PARTNERS. THE FREE ONLINE COURSE WILL BUILD KNOWLEDGE ON RUNNING SPORTS PROGRAMMES AND IMPLEMENTING POLICIES.
Where can young people learn more about sport’s role as a tool for development? How can professionals improve their knowledge so they can better contribute to sport and development? What about people who can’t afford to pay expensive course fees?
The International Platform on Sport and Development (sportanddev), which is operated by the Swiss Academy for Development, has launched a free online course to help answer these questions. Created in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the course is the first massive open online course (MOOC) of its kind.
MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT THROUGH SPORT
Sport has been recognised as an enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by governments globally. Organisations worldwide are using sport to contribute to this agenda, addressing issues ranging from health and education to employment, and conflict resolution.
The course looks at the benefits and limitations of using sport in development. Students learn to design, implement and measure the impact of policies and programmes. They explore key concepts on sport and gender equality, disability, human rights, social inclusion, peacebuilding and child safeguarding. It is a four-week course covering the following modules (which should take approximately four hours each to complete):
- Setting the scene: Sport, development and change
- Creating change: Policy, strategy, and governance
- Making it happen, making it work, measuring impact
- Mobilising people, partners and resources
Registering for the course
This course is free of charge and is for anyone interested in how sport can be used in development. This includes government officials, intergovernmental officers, sport organisations, public policy experts, private sector professionals and civil society.
Find out more about the course and how to Register.
Photo credit: Aaron Kearney – Australian Broadcasting Corporation International Development (ABCID)