First UNESCO Chair for the University of Basel
Professor Uwe Pühse of the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health at the University of Basel has been awarded a UNESCO Chair in "Physical Activity and Health in Educational Settings". Professor Cheryl Walter of the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has been appointed Co-Chair.
With the award of the Chair, UNESCO is supporting researchers’ efforts to promote physical activity, nutrition and hygienic living conditions for schoolchildren, particularly in southern Africa, thus contributing to their health and their performance at school.
The award marks UNESCO’s acknowledgement of earlier activities by the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health DSBG collaboration with the Nelson Mandela University NMU and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. The UNESCO Chair aims to expand the findings and the corresponding measures to other regions and countries of southern Africa.