The Sport for Development and Peace movement and the Sustainable Development Goals developed in the early years of the 21st Century. The 2030 Agenda gives sport a marginal role in the fulfillment of the SDGs. Miscellaneous resources have proliferated. The SDP platform –www.sportandev.org- containing over one thousand initiatives worldwide documents a growing awareness of the SDGs. Many initiatives commitment to the SDGs is more rhetorical than factual. At University de Guanajuato, in Mexico, a methodology was designed for a truly inclusive sporting activity, aligned with the spirit of the 2030 Agenda. The methodology aims at effectively bridging and delivering results between the SDP movement and six of the SDGs. Tiro en Braille’s methodology is based on three components: 1) teaching/learning, 2) research, involving professors and students working together in an equal and balanced partnership, and 3) the design of truly inclusive sporting activities under the plus sport approach to SDP. Tiro en Braille is a sporting activity, 100% designed by university students, inspired by a Pre-Columbian game/sport, which aims to activate normally sedentary students, with the equal participation of women and men, in an activity designed to be played in an all-ability format, with the purpose of strengthening democratic values and principles, and with the co-participation of different stakeholders, such as universities as well as small and mid-size local enterprises. The end ‘goal’ is to design, to assess, and to share a groundbreaking initiative, suitable to replicate around the Americas and the Caribbean Region.
Professor, Political and Government Studies, Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
Sport for Development and Peace, Sustainable Development Goals, Inclusive Sport
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