How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. These are the cardinal aim of Forsports Foundation which uses using sport for positive social transformations in Ghana believes that through structured exchanges as well as capacity-building modules delivered by experienced facilitators; the youth will gain a deeper understanding of the role that sport can play in achieving specific SDG targets.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of Forsports Foundation, Mr Christopher Forsythe in addressing pupils and Teachers to kick-start inter-house sports event dubbed, “Sports and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle” at the St. Mary’s Primary and JHS in Sunyani last month posited that Sport has long been seen as an important contributor to the realization of development and peace goals, in the way it promotes tolerance and respect; the contribution it makes to empowering women, young people and communities; and to health, education and social inclusion objectives.
He noted that Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool for promoting peace and development objectives.
According to him, since the inception of the MDGs in 2000, sport has played a vital role in enhancing each of the eight Goals, a fact that has been recognized in numerous resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nation. In resolution 70/1, entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, adopted in 2015, sport’s role in advancing social progress was further acknowledged.
In harnessing this tremendous potential of sport, Forsports Foundation has long been bringing students and young people together through sports activities. These initiatives help sport achieve its fullest potential in realizing the Goals.
In its contribution towards peace, Mr Forsythe reiterated that sport often provides safe environments at the grassroots and community levels, at which participants are brought together in the pursuit of common goals and interests; learn values of respect, tolerance and fair play; and develop social competencies. As a common denominator and shared passion, sport can build bridges between communities regardless of their cultural differences or political divisions. In times of conflict or instability, sporting activities can provide participants with a sense of normalcy.
Mr Christopher Forsythe has called on Ghanaian Authorities to prioritise investment in the Health and the social sector to accelerate the country’s chances of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).