Dateline Peshawar Report
PESHAWAR: Children are the striking force to use for development and peace through sports were the views of the experts during a daylong workshop held with the collaboration of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sports Writers Association at a local hotel here on Wednesday.
The aim and objective of the workshop was to train the sports journalists how to use sport as a tool for fostering development, strengthening education, social inclusion, conflict prevention and peace building, said the experts.
Project Director Right to Play Muhammad Hamayun Khan, experts Ali Hayam, Abdul Razaq (Lead Pakistan), Azmat Ullah (Sports Plus), Asim Sheraz (Khyber Sports Stars) and Ijaz Ahmad (APP) , former Minister Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Syed Aqil Shah, President KP Sports Writers Nadir Khawjah, Secretary Asim Sheraz were also present.
Ali Hayam said that Right to Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play – playing sports, playing games – to educate and empower children facing adversity. Right to Play internationally is reaching to one million children in regular weekly activities, and have a direct impact on the development of critical life skills that affect positive and sustainable change. He said in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Play is working in the government schools at Swat, Haripur, Mansehra, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat and Dir by involving the children in 500 different games only to educate and to use them for development and peace.
He said they are doing efforts in lives through play as currently Right to Play is working in 21 different countries of the world. He said the UN recognizes play as the right of every play child, play is a tool for education and health. It can bring entire communities together and inspire every individual. The experts on this occasion opined that Sport can be a powerful handmaiden for peace and reconciliation. It can bring us closer through shared celebration of achievements of universal appeal and attraction, adding that ethnic, religious and economic divisions fall by the wayside, along with prejudice, fear and misunderstanding.
Connection to Sport for Development and Peace day Right to Play have decided to evoke social activists, decision makers and other volunteers about powerful development attributes of Sports and play program and its key aspects as how sport transforms lives through play. They said that sport is an inherently social process bringing together players, teams, coaches, volunteers and spectators.
If the population involved is broadly inclusive, sport’s connecting dimension can help to unify people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, establishing a shared bond that contributes positively to social cohesion, they added. For this reason, sport has long been used as a means to promote national unity and harmony within and across nations.
Earlier, former Sports Minister Aqil Shah gave away certificates among the participants and urged them to work dedicatedly. He also paid tribute to the sports journalist who despite bad law and order situation are contributing their goods and highlighting the soft image of the province in particular and in the country in general in the international community. He also lauded Right to Play for organizing the day long workshop in shaping hidden qualities of the sports journalists. He said sports conference for prominent sports personalities, sports experts and sports journalists would be organized in Kalam (Swat) in May this year.