On behalf of the Indian Ministry of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Education, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship, signed an MoU with FIFA and the All India Football Federation for the “Football4Schools” initiative. Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, and Kalyan Chaubey, the president of the All India Football Federation, respectively, signed the Memorandum of Understanding. Nisith Pramanik, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Youth Affairs, and Sports, Deepak Kesarkar, Minister of School Education and Marathi Language in Maharashtra, Commissioner of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti Shri Vinayak Garg, and officials of the All India Football Federation were also present.
Speaking at the event, Pradhan said that the Football4Schools initiative upholds the NEP 2020 spirit and that sports have been given a prominent place in the NEP 2020. The Football4Schools programme is a step towards implementing Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s goal of making sports a way of life and creating well-rounded citizens, he continued. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has placed focus on mainstreaming sports with education.
He expressed his happiness that FIFA, the All India Football Federation, and the Ministry of Education, GoI are working together to promote football and give the young students important life skills through this MoU on the sidelines of the U-17 World Cup.
Football is a hugely popular sport, and the Football4Schools initiative uses it as a motivating tool to encourage children and assure their overall development, according to Shri Pradhan. He added that through sports-integrated learning, “Football4Schools” aspires to empower 25 million young boys and girls in India.