The first african Education through Sport Summit, which aims to place sport as an institutional and an identity affirmation necessity for emerging countries, will take place from 3 to 6 of April 2021 in Morocco. The theme of the event, in partnership with Sport en Commun, will be “Unleashing the Potential of African Youth through the Power of Sport”, announced Monday in Casablanca the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, higher education and scientific research and the NGO TIBU Maroc.

During the press conference held on Monday 29th March, marked by the presence of heads of diplomatic missions in Morocco, private sector actors and representatives of civil society. TIBU Maroc has indicated that this first Education through Sport Summit in Africa would bring together all national, regional and global actors who are directly or indirectly involved in the promotion and development of sport as a lever for education, economic and social inclusion, equal opportunities and sustainable development.

Planned in Morocco and several African cities (Casablanca, Rabat, Dakhla, Laâyoune, Dakar, Lusaka, Monrovia, Niamey and other African capitals), the event aims to place sport as an institutional and an identity affirmation necessity for emerging countries.

“Sport is not limited to physical exercise, it is also a social and cultural practice that carries educational values,” said Said Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Through sport’s education, it is a question of achieving goals of integration, citizenship, living together and psychological balance. This African summit is an opportunity to dedicate our country’s leadership in this area.

“As we focus on the future of youth and building a new development model, we must also have an ambitious vision of how we can leverage the power of sport to foster a healthy mind in a healthy body for all,” said Mohamed Amine Zariat, Founding President of TIBU Maroc.

Taking into account the current health context, this summit will adopt a hybrid format, notably by setting up a series of activities that will be held face-to-face and other relays through digital communication platforms configured for this purpose.

Partner of the event, Sport en Commun will speak at the first-round table on Sunday 4 April:

“We were pleased to host this first summit for sport’s education in Africa, a few months after the inauguration of the Sport en Commun platform. The wealth of meetings, actions and advocacy organized on the sidelines of the event confirms the key role and growing importance of sport as a vector of economic and social development on the continent” (Nelson Camara, DG Sport en Commun).

Find out more about the Summit’s schedule here (french only)