PASHDA Conference Launched

Officials in a group photograph after the launch

The third edition of the Physical Activity and Sport for Health Development in Africa (PASHDA) conference has been launched at the University of Ghana (UG), Legon, Accra.

Scheduled from September 19 to 21, the event is aimed at improving physical activities among the youth in Ghana and beyond.

Preceding the event is a workshop on September 18 in areas including, Right to Play (using physical activities to solve academic problems or to learn), teaching visually impaired persons by using physical activities, lessons for keep fit instructors and sports management.

Head of Department, Physical Education and Sport Studies, Professor Reginald Ocansey explained that “This would contribute largely to improve upon physical activities of children as academic results have in recent times been linked with the physical activeness of students.”

He encouraged persons within the academia to participate in the conference in order to impact on their students to achieve academic success across Africa.

Pro Vice Chancellor of UG, Professor Samuel Kwame Offei reiterated the benefits of regular physical activities saying “It helps prevent several chronic diseases, play a therapeutic role in addressing psychological issues and communicable and non-communicable diseases and ultimately improve public health within a population.”

Chairperson for the occasion, Audrey Gadzekpo said “We are aware of the effects of physical inactiveness and everyone must come on board to become physically active literate persons.”

Head of the Sports Directorate, University of Ghana and chairman of the LOC, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu and Dr Owusu Ansah of the Youth and Sports Ministry graced the event.

The conference themed “Inclusive and Innovative Physical Activity, Sports and Health Education for Sustainable Development in Africa,”is in collaboration with the African Physical Activity Network (AFPAN) which sought to promote physical activity and sport for development in all African nations.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum