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Educasport Forum poised to kick off in Paris

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Educasport Forum poised to kick off in Paris

While mainstream French media asks whether sport unifies or divides, the first Educasport World Forum is about to start and aims to silence the critics by showing how sport is being used to achieve social goals around the world.

With the French national team recently qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Rio, Brazil, in a 3-0 win against Ukraine, a nation that once loved to hate “les bleus” has found reason to like them once more.

This has some in the French media asking whether sport is a source of social unity or nothing more than opium of the masses.

An event not to miss
Meanwhile, over 800 participants representing cities, NGOs, academic institutions, researchers and businesses from around the world are gathering in Paris, France for three days to learn more about how sport can be used to tackle some of the most difficult social issues in some of the most challenging environments.

From rural India to the streets of Sao Paulo, 80 presenters representing 40 countries and 200 projects will share how sport is being used as a tool to address social issues, such as health, social integration and peaceful coexistence in their communities.

What to expect
Debates, round table discussions, workshops, research symposiums and stories from the field are all scheduled to take place during the forum. Topics range from “Professional athletes: Should they still be considered role models?” to “Sport: Contributing to gender equality?”

Participants look forward to what promises to be a lively and interesting three days.

The organisers
The forum is organised by the Education through Sport Agency or l’Agence de l’Education par le Sport (APELS). With 15 years of experience, APELS represents a network of organisations using sport to achieve educational goals.

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Stephen Reynard

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 23:00