IFMAs’ Universal Education Development Program is under consideration of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and IFMA has been a part of the UN Kazan Action Plan.
These goals are designed to bring the world to several life-changing ‘zeros’, including zero poverty, hunger, AIDS and discrimination against women and girls. The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve these ambitious targets.
For hundreds of years the art of Muaythai has been passed down from generation to generation. It is IFMA’s mission and vision for maintaining and preserving the ancient traditions and values of the art and sport. For Thailand, as the motherland, Muaythai is more than just a fighting sport. Muaythai has defined many parts and aspects of our history, it is the Thai way of life. IFMA is proud that today Muaythai has gained recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has become not only a respectable but more so a valuable member of the Olympic family. We believe in the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship and we believe in honor and tradition. IFMA’s cultural heritage commission fosters and promotes all aspects of Muaythai, combined with the spirit of fair play and inclusiveness, IFMA is paving the path for the generations to come.
The IFMA policy of non-discrimination runs deep into our foundational belief that all our stakeholders, no matter their age, race, religion or economical background should have equal access to education because education is the key to building a sustainable future for our sport. Ensuring that all stakeholders, from athletes, to coaches, to technical officials are equipped with the knowledge and skill of the sport in their respective fields is the most viable way to safeguard the continued development of the sport for future generations.
However, in order to build for the future, IFMA respects the past, and this is the function of the Culture & Heritage Commission. Ensuring that the integrity of the traditional aspects, the history and origins of the sport remain at the heart of all learning.
This is why IFMA have built an effective education system, ensuring accessibility for all, understanding the global challenges and focusing on equality and access. Let us work together towards the universal right to health and education.