UNESCO – Youth & Sport Funshop in Manila, Philippines
Youth and Sport “Funshop” is a programme sponsored by UNESCO and the Philippine Sport Commission, supported by the Asian Development Bank through its Youth for Asia initiative. This programme is for young leaders from the ASEAN Member States and Timor-Leste. Meanwhile the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) ‘Funshop’ is specially designed to enhance meaningful youth participation in sports policy design, foster co-operation across the region and make the case for sport as an important development tool. This is the first cohort of the Sport And The SDGs Youth organised by UNESCO.
The 3-day programme is both learning and action-based, complete with obstacle courses, interaction with local youths and field trip to visit and participate actively in local grassroot sports for development programmes .
22 out of hundreds applications from all over ASEAN were chosen to be a part of the funshop to deliver a “TED talk” -style seminars in Manila to an audience of fellow youth advocates on the power of sports.
2) OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAM
The objective of this program is to advocate SDGs and Sport Policy among youths aged 18 – 30 years old and to apply it in order to help the community in their society.
3) THE SGDs
The program has targeted 8 SGDs for sports. Below is the list of SGDs.
1) IMPROVED HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ALL, AT ALL AGES (SDG3)
- INCLUSIVE, SAFE, RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SETTLEMENTS (SDG 11)
- QUALITY EDUCATION, AND LIFELONG LEARNING FOR ALL AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SPORT (SDG 4)
- PEACEFUL, INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE SOCIETIES (SDG 16)
- ECONOMIC GROWTH & FULL AND PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT AND WORK FOR ALL (SDG 8)
- GENDER EQUALITY AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF ALL WOMEN AND GIRLS (SDG 5)
- SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION PATTERNS AND URGENT ACTIONS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACTS (SDG 12 & 13)
- EFFECTIVE, ACCOUNTABLE AND INCLUSIVE INSTITUTIONS AT ALL LEVELS (SDG 10)
In this programme the participants discussed the relevant SDGs and sport policies related to each countries. For Malaysia, I am representing BTOP Academy and my SDG focused on SDG 3 (IMPROVED HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ALL, AT ALL AGES) and SDG 8 (ECONOMIC GROWTH & FULL AND PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT AND WORK FOR ALL).
- DAY 1 : WELCOMING SPEECH AND PRESENTATION
The banner of the Funshop which is called “SPORT AND THE SDGs YOUTH FUNSHOP”.
CHAIRMAN WILLIAN RAMIREZ explained the rules and regulation of the programme and officiated the opening of the Funshop Programme.
- DAY 2 / SESSION 1 : OVERVIEW OF THE KAZAN ACTION PLAN & ASEAN WORK PLAN ON SPORTS 2016-2030.
Caroline Baxter Tresise, UNESCO. The Kazan Action Plan is an international reference for developing sport policy and programmes and measuring progress in these areas. Fully integrated with the UN agenda 2030 / Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , the KAP covers 20 specific policy areas across three themes: inclusive access for all to sport; maximising the contribution of sport to sustainable development and peace and protecting the integrity of sport.
SESSION 3 : FIRST YOUTH PRESENTATIONS
GROUP 1 : HEALTH AND PEACE (SDGS 3 & 16)
1.Generations for Peace (Indonesia)
2. Race2Share (Singapore/Ph)
3. Youth Action for Choice (Vietnam)
4. Sport Impact (Timor Leste)
GROUP 2 : SECOND YOUTH-PRESENTATIONS : HEALTH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (SDGS 3 &8)
2. BTOP Sport Academy (Malaysia)
3. Spike and Serve Volleyball (Philippines)
4. Girls Got Game (Philippines)
GROUP 3 : GENDER EQUALITY (SDG 5)
1. Sports for Social Change (Cambodia)
2. Bee Force (Cambodia)
3. 2030 Youth Force (Vietnam)
4. Action for Change Foundation (Timor-Leste)
GROUP 4 : EDUCATION & SOCIAL INCLUSION (SDGS 4 & 10)
1. KDM Violence Against & Garuda Baru Sport for Devt Program (Indonesia)
2. Res Cross Society, Univ of East Yangon (Myanmar)
3. Youth Sports Advocacy (Philippines)
4. Crowdsukan (Malaysia)
GROUP 5 : CITIES & THE ENVIRONMENTS (SDGS 11 & 13)
1. NPB Team (Lao PDR)
2. Azahar Yoga Foundation (Cambodia)
3. University Football (Myanmar)
GROUP 6 : DISASTER RISK REDUCTION & THE EFFECT OF CLIMATE CHANGE (SDGS 12 & 13)
1. Fundlife (Philippines)
2. Advocates for Sports Based Social Responsibility (Thailand)
3. Childs Pose Yoga Project (Philippines)
DAY 2 / SESSION 2 : MY PRESENTATION
My organisation is a social enterprise focused on youth development using football. I mentor and teach English to Malaysian youth. BTOP is based on three pillars, physical health, emotional well-being and life-skills development and the programmes seek to achieve these goals through sports.
DURING QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION.III) DAY 3 : FIELD TRIP TO MALABON
Our field trip was filled with joy and understanding more of the people in Malabon. The city in the top part of Metro Manila was consisting mainly of families that are going through poverty. The problem that the city is facing is the limited school funding, so many children did not go to school due to this fact. Hundreds of children there did not have proper clothes to wear and they would also implore the tourist to give them money. For example, we went to the cathedral in Malabon. Children age 3 to 5 were begging for every cent that they could find.
Many organisations came and helped support these poor children in Malabon. We visited a MuayThai Training Camp for those that could not go to school and create another career for them to focus and be a better person in their lives.
Overall, the trip had taught us how to help with our own community in these situation.
I believe that UiTM itself can make all the SDGs come to a reality. I strongly suggest we put our effort on SDG 3 (IMPROVED HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ALL, AT ALL AGES), 4 (QUALITY EDUCATION, AND LIFELONG LEARNING FOR ALL AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SPORT), 12 & 13 (SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION PATTERNS AND URGENT ACTIONS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACTS). It is very doable and positive impact will be the result of all these actions.
Conclusion, the program taught me many learning points in life and how to improve it. It has proven why we as a human being should help others that is suffering from poverty. It is not the life that they choose, it is the life that they are born into. We can make this world a better place. Someone needs to help, so be that someone that always lend a hand to help. It was a very different funshop compared to other funshop that I had attended. Great exposure and experience overall.