FIFA and Qatar Foundation to integrate sport into education system – FE News


Two MoUs signed in a ceremony at the Doha Forum in Qatar

The FIFA Foundation is partnering with the Qatar Foundation and Generation Amazing to deliver a range of football initiatives aimed at empowering the youth and community of Qatar that go beyond the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

The announcements took place during the Doha Forum, where the FIFA Foundation signed agreements with the Qatar Foundation (QF) and Generation Amazing (GA), a human and social legacy project of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC ).

As part of these agreements, the entities work together to deploy the Football for Schools (F4S) program in Qatar. The initiative, led by FIFA in collaboration with UNESCO, aims to contribute to the education, development and empowerment of around 700 million children worldwide, and aims to make sport more accessible to boys and girls around the world by integrating football activities into the education system.

Speaking after the signings, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “It is with great pleasure that today the FIFA Foundation is officially partnering with Generation Amazing and the Qatar Foundation.

“Being able to have a positive impact on society through the power of football is a shared goal and responsibility between each of our organisations, and using sport to reach the next generation is something that all three place at the fore. of everything they do. We look forward to working together over the coming months and years on many joint projects, and in particular to bring Football for Schools to Qatar.

In addition to the MoU signings, the FIFA Foundation, QF and GA also held a launch event at the Generation Amazing Community Club – a short distance from the Lusail Stadium, venue for the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022.MT the final will take place on 18 December 2022. Three FIFA World Cup™ stars, Youri Djorkaeff, CEO of the FIFA Foundation, as well as two FIFA Legends, joined more than 80 school children from across Qatar to take part in the activities football and education; Australian Tim Cahill and Dutchman Nigel de Jong.

The F4S program also uses a free digital app – accessible through Google Play and the Apple App Store – which includes various training modules and aims to help physical education teachers, coaches and parents better support and manage F4S activities in their schools and communities. QF and GA contributed to the modules on inclusivity and sustainability, with the sections on inclusivity offering guidelines on how to promote accessibility within the program and the modules on sustainability providing information on education regenerative.

Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice President and CEO of the Qatar Foundation; His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy; and FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended the ceremonies and signed the agreements.

Her Excellency Sheikha Hind said: “Hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is a momentous occasion for our country and for the region as a whole. Together with our partners, the FIFA Foundation and Generation Amazing, we are harnessing the power of football to bring about positive change among young people and promote social progress that extends beyond the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™.

“At the Qatar Foundation, education is at the heart of our mission, our ecosystem and our beliefs. As we work with our partners to achieve our shared goals, we will offer our unique insights, expertise and knowledge on the themes of inclusivity and sustainability – two values ​​that drive our efforts.

The recently signed partnership between the FIFA Foundation and GA allows both parties to make collaborative efforts to work towards improving football for development initiatives, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and to jointly develop sports education initiatives to further build human capital and skills at regional and global levels. . The partnership provides a platform for both organizations to work towards implementing these initiatives with a shared vision of social inclusion and cohesion.

“We are very proud to present this strategic partnership with the FIFA Foundation, which underscores our belief in the power of football as a truly global and transformative tool that advances sustainable development and provides unique opportunities for young people to improve their lives. “, said His Excellency Al Thawadi.

“As Qatar prepares to host the first FIFA World Cup in the region, we aim to use our partnership with the FIFA Foundation to leave a significant human and social legacy in the region and beyond.”

The F4S program, which contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, was launched in mid-2019 with pilot projects in Puerto Rico and Lebanon, and the Qatar Football Association and the Ministry of Education and of Higher Education played a key role in launching the initiative. in Qatar.

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