22 Jul IV Special Forum: award winning presentation and appreciation
The Argentinean Chapter of the Club of Rome thanks the participation of exhibitors and all those who commented and voted the presentations, as well as everyone who followed the reading of the submissions.
All contributions contain interesting elements. We point out below the most significant:
From Susana Zeballos’s lecture, we highlight the conception of sport as a support base of fundamental aspects of social life.
Concerning the presentation of caruli72, we emphasize the improvement that is achieved with the practice of learning a discipline and values involved.
In Maurinhos5’s presentation, stands his remark on the influence of sports in the aspects related to the evolution of social life; sport as a form of educating individuals and as human recreational activity, useful for perfecting the technique; sport as encouraging brotherly feeling.
Of the reflection of csciccone, we underline the role of athletes as transmitters of language and cultural features and the need to highlight the human value of sport over the monetary value.
In the paper of marianoturziy, stands the idea of learning to direct the powerful energy of unity and fraternal tone, as the generated by a world cup, to projects of national unity.
In Tina’s proposition, we distinguish her input on the communication quality of sport; sport as social container; sport as playful language to social relations.
About Sara’s lecture, we appreciate the need to include sport as a daily activity to promote active lifestyles and healthy life; the importance of sport as a contribution to the integral formation of the human being; sport as one of the fundamental pillars of education.
The submissions raised the following reflections:
The idea of proposing sports as one of the fundamental pillars of education is very interesting. If the educational system put the emphasis on the concept of sport more than on the concept of physical activity, it would very probably open a more suitable framework to the stimulation and development of positive aspects that are not encouraged or developed under the traditional discipline of “Physical Education”.
The traditional educational system usually put the accent on physical activity more than in sport in its fullest sense (sport is game, entertainment, but sport also involves learning techniques, tactics, strategies, healthy competition, respect, solidarity.). Physical activity and sport do not always match. Sport necessarily involves physical activity, which is contained in it, but the reverse does not always occur. Therefore, having sport a “greater status” in relation to mere physical activity regarding the potential for stimulation and development of positive aspects, it would be appropriate that the traditional educational system weighed both types of activities, either to confirm the continuity and preponderance of one over the other, either to emphasize and expand sports in its many types and variants.
Apparently, passage of “Physical Education” for “Sport” in schools could mean a breakthrough towards a more complete instance of individuals and societies training.
As witnessed by the presentations, sports bring benefits in many aspects ranging from physical to psychological, from simple wholesome entertainment to competition, from individual level to social level, etc.
At the individual level, a person practices and experiences emotions and values, both in individual and group sports. Furthermore, the individual can experience what means a process of personal and intimate improvement from a practice, with the particular detail that this process is done in a playful, cheerful way, and not necessarily with the specific aim of improving on a particular practice. One may possibly want to adapt this same experiential process to other areas of his life.
At group level, sports involve learning and practice of values, and a feedback of emotions. The mutual encouragement, learning to work in teams, companionship, entertainment and other subjects are in group sports a scope for its application. Sports team means a good life experience: the experience of interacting and relating with others by implementing ethical values.
One or those who play or compete reflect many of the referred aspects, which are then redeemed and valued at social level, becoming transmitters of values and generators of positive energies for society.
Finally, sports is a good reason for the encounter and interaction between people of different cultures and idiosyncrasies, opening the possibility of expanding the understanding of the cultural diversity that human beings are capable.
Argentinean Chapter of the Club of Rome
It was decided to award the prize to Sara. Her proposal could mean a major change in children education, a change that can have very beneficial effects for society.