Sports belongs to everyone: It’s a source of joy and empowerment. When applied to schools it also becomes a powerful tool towards public health, learning, equality and a sense of social belonging. Physical education is an important factor in both motivating children to come to school and keeping them focused on learning the whole day. It also offers a priceless opportunity to provide key life skills through health education.

Yet, many teachers in developing countries lack the knowhow and the material resources to help the students enjoy doing sports and learning of its benefits to the fullest. How to support them in creating quality sports and health education?

To answer this global issue, LiiKe – Sports and Development, Helsinki Think Company and our support partner Smash invite all motivated changemakers to join us in a challenge to support teachers’ readiness and skills in physical and health education in developing countries. During an intensive, weekend-long challenge and follow-up workshops, you’ll get to work in a multi-disciplinary team to develop concrete solutions towards real-life impact. LiiKe will support your team throughout the challenge with tailored mentoring from dedicated content matter experts sourced from their large networks.


Sprint will kickstart with an intensive weekend of co-creation on 17.-18.3, followed by two evening workshops on Monday 26.3. and Wednesday 4.4. The challenge will culminate on Friday 6.4., when the teams get to pitch their final solutions to a panel of experts as a part of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace program #IDSDP.


Passionate about sports? Teaching and education? Creating change in developing countries? Empowering children? Or even applying something completely unexpected to these themes? This is right up your alley. Whether you are a student, an entrepreneur, a researcher or other enthusiast, your skill set and passion is needed to solve this burning real life problem by combining multidisciplinary knowhow into concrete solutions.

Sprint is a unique opportunity to work on an important cause while improving your team work attributes and problem solving skills. The end goal is to provide better opportunities for open, equal and quality education for every child in the world, and your input is needed to find new ways to tackle this quest. All you need to bring is your unique perspective and strong motivation.

For those interested in education and sustainable development, Sprint is also a perfect opportunity to get more first hand information about the organizations and the professionals working on development cooperation.


The winning team will receive an immediate prize of 2000 € to further develop their idea as well as the support of sports and development specialists of LiiKe. The winners will also get free passes to SMASH 2018 conference. Additional prize of 3000 € will be awarded at the end of the year, given that the winning team has further advanced their solution.


Apply as an individual and we’ll build you an equally passionate multidisciplinary team. Submit your application by Monday 12.3. and join the movement!


LiiKe – Sports & Development is a Finnish non-governmental organization established in 2001. The main purpose of the organization is to develop the lives of children and youth living in developing countries through sport and health education. Sport is the main tool used in all the development cooperation projects that LiiKe establishes together with its counterparts. LiiKe aims to extend the number of children and youth in access to quality education and so forth to fulfilling life conditions and better opportunities to be selfreliant.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and it’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are set by the United Nations to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. SDG Number 4, “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning” is a key inspiration to the Sprint – Sports & Development challenge.