#YouthStats: Leisure Time Activities

  •  97% of countries have declared physical education compulsory.
  • In 54% of countries physical education has a perceived lower status than other subjects. [UNESCO, http://bit.ly/1Rxgdod]
  • Games, sports, cultural and entertainment events, and community service, play an important role in formal and non-formal education of youth. [UNESCO, http://bit.ly/1Rxgdod]


  • Community sport networks, when inclusive, are an important source of social networking, helping to combat exclusion and fostering community capacity to work collectively to realize opportunities and address challenges. [UNOSDP, http://bit.ly/1TLi0tS]
  • Participation in activities promoting the value of one’s own and other cultures opens youth to new knowledge and perspectives. [UN, http://bit.ly/1LCFX0S]
  • In countries where labour regulations are weak, young people often have to work more, leaving little time for leisure activities. [UNDESA, 2003, http://bit.ly/1BNceCx]
  • In developing countries, girls and young women tend to have less free time for leisure activities than boys and young men. [UNDESA, 2003, http://bit.ly/1BNceCx]
  • Sports, arts and music are essential elements for development, [they] lie at the heart of the Alliance of Civilizations’ mission that aim at fostering the culture of peace through these collective expressions of human values. [AOC, 2014, http://bit.ly/1Kb0D1c]

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