©Pich Nareth, Kandal Provincial Office for Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia
UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
Why Should We be Concerned about Gender, Girlsand Physical Education?
We should be concerned about gender, girls and physical education because access and regular participation is a fundamental human right. It is a fundamental human right because regular participation in physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle (Beutler, 2008; Biddle, Gorely and Stensel, 2004; UNESCO, 1978). Programmes that prepare children for lifelong physical activity must be formally organised, well designed and professionally led. Quality, school physical education programmes provide young people with opportunities to develop the values, knowledge and skills they need to lead physically active lives, build self-esteem, and to promote and facilitate physical activity in the lives of others