UNESCO believes that sport as a powerful means for social transformation, human development, and youth empowerment. It is a platform for inclusion, particularly in terms of challenging stigma and overcoming stereotypes.
The Organization also acts on issues concerning the use of prohibited substances in high-level sports (doping).
UNESCO in Brazil reinforces its catalyzing role for actions that use sport as an instrument for social inclusion and for building a culture of peace.
Physical education combines the body and physical competence with values-based learning and communication. It provides a learning gateway to grow the skills required for success in the 21st Century. Regular participation in physical education and other forms of physical activity can improve attention span of students, enhance their cognitive control and speed up their cognitive processing.
Physical education is the entry-point for lifelong participation in physical activity. Globally, many of the major causes of death connect to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) associated with a lack of physical activity, such as obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes.
To ensure that the full benefits are achieved, public investment, a supportive environment and high quality programme delivery are required.