At a glance: Trinidad and Tobago

UK Government, UNICEF and the British Council launch International Inspiration in Trinidad and Tobago

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Mr. Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, speaks to one of the Youth Sport Leaders of the International Inspiration programme.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, 07 January 2010 – On a sunny morning in Port of Spain, about 40 children took part in a mini sports festival on a football field. It was the launch of ‘International Inspiration’, a programme aiming to use sport and physical education to transform the lives of children and young people of all abilities.

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who was in Trinidad to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, took time out of his schedule to attend the launch and interact with the children.  Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Captain Darren Ganga and sprinter Darryl Brown were also present, teaming up with the children in activities such as the ‘lime and spoon’ race.

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Children prepare for the ‘lime and spoon’ race, one of the activities of the mini sports festival at the launch of International Inspiration. Looking on are the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr. Gordon Brown (left), and Mr. Suleiman Braimoh, UNICEF Representative in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

International Inspiration, or ‘II’ as it is referred to, is an initiative of the UK Government under its division of UK Sport in partnership with UNICEF and the British Council to introduce sport and physical education to 12 million children in 20 countries, Trinidad and Tobago being one of them. 

Realising children’s right to play

“Article 31 of the CRC specifically addresses a child’s right to play and leisure and the need for all of us adults to ensure this right is provided,” noted Suleiman Braimoh, UNICEF Representative in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago who addressed the guests at the launch. 

“UNICEF believes International Inspiration is helping us to achieve and realise this right, here in Trinidad and Tobago,” he added.

UNICEF Trinidad and Tobago and its partner, the British Council in Port of Spain, will work with the Ministries of Education and Sport and five schools in Trinidad and Tobago, providing opportunities for development of youth leaders, building capacity of teachers and coaches in developing child-friendly spaces and supporting inclusive physical education and sport in schools and communities.

The five schools in Trinidad and Tobago will partner with five schools in the UK and students, teachers and administrators from all schools will have the opportunity to learn and share information and experiences in physical education and sport as well as learn each other’s cultures and experiences.  


 

 

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