Media centre

Press releases

Contacts for the media

Fact sheets



Ministry of National Education, Special Olympics Indonesia brings together children of all abilities through sports

© UNICEF/2010
Athletes from Special Olympics, ASEAN countries pose at the start of the Games in Jakarta.

JAKARTA, 8 November 2010 – Using sports to bridge gaps between children with different abilities was showcased today through a unified soccer game organised by The Ministry of National Education and Special Olympics Indonesia, with support from UNICEF and the British Council.

Children with physical and intellectual disabilities came together in the game to play along with athletes of the 4th ASEAN Primary School Sports Olympiad.

“Sport is not only a favourite pastime, but is also considered to be a good way of promoting respect for diversity, dignity, tolerance, non-discrimination and solidarity,” said Prof. Suyanto, Ph.D, Director General for Basic and Intermediate Education Management, Ministry of National Education.

The game is part of a series of activities organised in run-up to the launch of the International Inspiration programme in Indonesia – an official international legacy programme of the London 2012 World Summer Games (Olympics) – in mid November 2010. It showcases how sport can break barriers among children with different abilities, promotes self-esteem, and bring people together to make friends.

Indonesian Kemal (left) from Special Olympics dan Thai athlete, Tanapon, (right) shake hands.

Indonesia is one of twenty countries chosen to take part in the International Inspiration programme, and is the one of two Southeast Asia nations selected. The International Inspiration programme aims to reach young people all around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of the Summer Olympic Games.

Sports, recreation and play have been identified as the strategies to meet the needs of young people, and today’s game demonstrated that all children should enjoy the same rights and opportunities, regardless of where they come from, their socio-economic status, their faith or ethnicity and physical or intellectual abilities. Physical activity can foster the social and emotional health of all children of different abilities, giving them the opportunity to share the same experiences and to become active and conscious protagonists in their lives.

For further information, please contact:

• Mrs. Dewi Asih Heriyani - Head of Sub-Directorate of Student Activities, Ministry of National Education; Tel: +62 21 5725844, email:

• Nursatyo – PR Manager, Special Olympics Indonesia; Tel: +62 21 3800501, Fax: +62 21 3846556, mobile: +62 81310518519, e-mail:

• Regi Wahono – Communication Officer, UNICEF Indonesia; Tel: +62 21 2996 8142, Fax: +62 21 571 1215, mobile: +62 8179900712, email:

• Harum Sekartaji – Marketing & Communication Manager, British Council; Tel: +62 21 515 5561 ext 126, Fax: +62 21 515 5562, mobile: +62 8176876777, email:




 Email this article

unite for children