SPRINT – SPORTS & DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE FOR EMPOWERING MOVEMENT IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TOOK PLACE 17.-18.3.2018
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 invited 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, multi-disciplinary teams worked together to develop concrete solutions towards real-life impact.
The teams were supported by a variety of gracious experts from different organizations focused on education, development cooperation, edtech, frugal innovations and consulting & service design.
Sprint kickstarted 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 culminated on Friday 6.4., when the teams got 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.
Sprint gathered together five teams of enthusiasts from the fields of education, sports, economy, logistics, cultural and social sciences. The teams consisted of students, graduates and motivated professionals from five different universities. The backgrounds varied of from undergraduate students to professionals with 20-year experience in teaching to start-up entrepreneurs.
At the end the winner of the program was team Moja with their plan for a multilingual, scalable and dare we say beautiful easy-to-use platform that would make peer support available for women teaching physical education in developing countries.
The winning team, Moja, received an immediate prize of 2000 € to further develop their idea with the support of sports and development specialists of LiiKe. The winners will also got free passes to SMASH 2018 conference. And additional prize will be granted at the end of the year 2018 given that the team has continued to develop their solution.
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.