Muscat, The 5th International Conference of the
College of Education entitled Sport and Sustainable Development
commenced at the University today under the patronage of Sheikh
Sa’ad bin Mohammed al-Sa’adi, Minister of Sports Affairs.
The conference aims to shed the light on the importance of sport
and its role in advancing and sustaining development of individuals.
The conference is an opportunity for scholars, and professionals
interested in educational issues to communicate, consult with each
other, exchange expertise and successful experiences in the sport and
physical education on regional and international levels.
The conference addresses two major themes, namely physical
activity and health of individuals and society Toward a better life; and
humanities and the development and sustainability of sport.
The conference is organized in association with several
international organizations including Newman University, Birmingham,
UNESCO, GUTech, University of Tsukuba, Japan, Gulf Studies Centre,
and Development and Research Academy for Sports Science Activities
The first session of the conference was chaired by Prof. Abdullah
Khamis Ambusaidi, Director of Humanities Research Center at SQU.
Prof. Yahya Al-Nakeeb, keynote speaker from the Republic of Iraq,
presented a paper entitled “The role of physical and sports education
programs in promoting children and young people health in particular
and society in general.
In addition, Jana El Baba, Program Specialist for Social and
Human Sciences at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) presented a paper on Maximizing
the Power of Sport for Sustainable Development. She discussed the
relation between the sport and sustainable development and the ways
to promote the role of sport in achieving the objectives of global
sustainable development. She highlighted the role of UNESCO in
improving and implementing the policy of sport education at schools
and outside and enhancing their life skills in order to achieve
sustainable development in the Arab region.
More than 100 papers covering various themes are presented
during the two days of the conference. This initiative of the Department
of Physical Education at Sultan Qaboos University is a manifestation of
the University’s message that seeks to achieve a sophisticated level in
scientific research, and highlight the recent scientific developments in
the physical education and sport sciences. Participants from various
countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia,
Iraq, Tunisia, the UAE, Sudan, Kuwait, Palestine, Qatar and Morocco
are attending the conference.
The conference will come up with recommendations and
suggestions to improve the level of preparation and development of
individuals who constitute a part of society contributing to sustainable
quality of individuals and development of the society. Physical
education and sport sciences play a strategic role in attaining
sustainable development of individuals and society as they are
associated with the most vital sectors, namely; health, education,
production, and other areas.
Source: Oman News Agency