MOOC on Sport and Development will be Offered in all UN Official Languages

The International Platform on Sport and Development (sportanddev) and Translators Without Borders (TWB) have forged a groundbreaking relationship to ensure that the Sport and Development MOOC is available in all six UN official languages. 

On International Translation Day, September 30th, we are thrilled to announce a new partnership that will see the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programs translated from English into French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese, the United Nations’ official languages. 

The MOOC Steering Group, which includes the International Platform on Sport and Development (sportanddev), the Australian Government, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, which are founding partners of the global course, collaborated to develop this cooperation. 

The relationship underlines the MOOC Steering Group’s and TWB’s commitment to improving access to information and learning tools for persons working in the international development sector, notably in the subject of sport and development. 

TWB will use their extensive experience in translation and the use of language as a development tool to translate the present content into the other UN official languages. In 2022, the translated courses will be released and made publicly available. 

The MOOC Steering Group launched the global online open-access course in July 2020 to maximize sport’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other initiatives. 

Individuals and organizations who use sport for development in their policies and programs can benefit from this training. Over 5,000 students from 179 countries have enrolled in the course as of September 30, representing a varied range of organizations. 

To date, the course has only been provided in English, and it has been recognized that this restricts access to material and under-represents specific communities and locations. The availability of languages is a significant component in allowing individuals to obtain critical information in their native languages. This collaboration intends to assist worldwide communities in learning how to harness sport’s potential for long-term development and as a tool for achieving the SDGs.