ISF President Laurent Petrynka participated in the conference titled "Health through education: the potential of physical culture and sports" which was organised by the National Scientific and Practical Center for Physical Culture of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 13-14 August 13-14 2020.
The online conference was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Yeraly Tugzhanov, Vice Minister of Education and Science Sholpan Karinova, representatives of international organizations, the Ministries of Culture and Sports, National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, Kazakh Academy of Sports and Tourism, school sports federations and over 450 physical education teachers.
The main issue addressed in the conference was the development of physical education in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Guests shared their international experience and unique methods, made proposals aimed at teaching staff’ qualifications improvement, the quality of educational services and the further development of the school sports system.
Through a video message, ISF President supported the initiatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan, including the idea of integrating educational entities in the ISF projects. He also noted: “More than ever, sport is an important part of human life. It is important, first of all, for health, for maximizing possibilities of overcoming diseases by early prevention, including resistance to especially dangerous infections. I am confident that after the final victory over the pandemic, we will enter another round of our mutual activity with renewed vigour. At this stage, it is important to constructively review and improve the system of physical education in schools around the world."
The reports of teachers on how to ensure the effectiveness of physical education and sports activities were highlighted. New programs and plans for the upcoming academic year were discussed during the conference.
As a result of the conference, appropriate recommendations were adopted. After the conference, the ceremony of awarding the best teachers of the country was held.