During the AG in Besançon (France) you were elected ISF Continental President for Africa.
Congratulations! You have accepted this assignment with the aim to contribute to the development of the International School Sport Federation in your continent.
Sport in general on the African continent is inhibited by certain factors namely lack of sufficient funding, ethnicity, colonialisation etc. Furthermore, and with cognisance of the above, countries are inclined to recognise only a limited number of sport disciplines per country thereby inhibiting the development of sport in schools.
What are your plans in this perspective?
School sport in the majority of countries in Africa is driven by the respective Government Departments of Education and as such the policies are influenced by that as prescribed by the respective Governments. As a result of this situation it is my intention to make contact with as many of the Departments of Education of countries to explain and convince them of the importance of becoming a member of ISF.
How do you think to realize those plans?
I will continue to firstly make contact with the English speaking countries as this would not involve any linguistic problems as all the literature of the ISF is available in English.
How do you see the future of School Sport in your continent?
As sport forms part of the curriculum of the Departments of Education in most of the countries, it is also a fact that sport forms a very important part of daily life in Africa. However, Government departments are hesitant to join any organisation to which they have to pay membership fees as in many cases they are not sure that it could be sustained. Having said that, sport offers major opportunities to citizens to rise above poverty that exists in many countries. Sport at school level can be regarded as healthy in Africa as has been proven by the various sport events for juniors that were held.
How can ISF contribute to the success of school sport in your continent?
The ISF should re-look their Statutes as already proposed by Africa and Asia, to make its primary objective the participation of National teams of Countries instead of individual schools. In Africa in the main, the individual schools don’t have the financial means to participate in ISF events. This anticipated change would also elevate the standing of the ISF as future events would be regarded as truly World School Sport Championships. Countries/Governments would be willing to finance their National teams to participate.
Is it possible to increase the participation of more countries of your continent to ISF events?
It is my humble opinion that if the changes proposed in 4 above are implemented, more countries in Africa would affiliate to ISF and therefore more participation in ISF events may be anticipated.
Do you have more ‘dreams’ associated with the sport at school that you would like to see implemented?
It is my dream to assist the ISF to grow worldwide to become the institution that offers the opportunity to children at school to participate in ISF events that would be regarded as the official world championships for schools at national level versus individual school level as is present.