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Baron Pierre de Coubertin said in his creation of the Olympic concept, “Learning takes place in the whole body, not just in the mind, and physical literacy and learning through movement contributes to the development of both moral and intellectual learning."

Physical Literacy is at the heart of Olympism. This is why we at the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum (QOSM), have teamed up with the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA), Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and UNESCO to promote and develop physical literacy across Qatar and the region. 

The Discovering Physical Literacy conference will launch Qatar’s National Physical Literacy Journey with the following aims: 

  • Introduce the concept and philosophy of physical literacy, which encourages all people to engage positively with physical activity, physical education and sport; 
  • Showcase some examples of where physical literacy has been impactful across the world, in the fields of physical education, sports coaching and public health; 
  • Discuss the application of the concept within Qatar and across the wider region; 
  • Agree on a framework for the implementation of physical literacy within education, sport, health and the environment. 

QOSM and IPLA would like to extend a warm invitation to all policymakers and practitioners in the Education, Sport and Health sectors to join us for two days on 22 and 23 June 2022. The event will receive presentations from physical literacy thought leaders from the UK, Canada and Qatar to help us understand this concept, which is deeply rooted in Olympic history, and learn why it is now growing so rapidly in its application across the world. Delegates will also have the opportunity for personal discussions with the international presenters, all against the inspirational backdrop of the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum. 

As June 23 is International Olympic Day, we have joined forces with the Qatar Olympic Committee to celebrate in style at the museum. 

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