We research and collaborate

In order to promote physical activity and wellbeing among primary school children and teachers:

The Department of Sport, Exercise and Health at the University of Basel (Switzerland) unites teaching, research and service in the areas of Sports Medicine, Sports Science and Movement and Exercise Science.

The Human Movement Science Department at the Nelson Mandela University (Gqeberha, South Africa) offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in human movement science.

Over the years of collaboration, we were privileged to work with an ever-growing team of researchers, students, volunteers and partners from South Africa and Switzerland.

Together, they constitute the foundation of this UNESCO Chair:

We work in close collaboration with our partners


Swiss TPH

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Basel, Switzerland) is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH combines research, services, education and training.


The Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (Abidijan, Côte d’Ivoire) is a research centre active in the fields of biodiversity, food security, environment and health. Its mission is to initiate, encourage, support and carry out research for sustainable development in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa.

Ifakara Health Institute

The Ifakara Health Institute (Ifakara, Tanzania) is a leading research organization in Africa, with strong track records in developing, testing and validating innovations for health. The institute’s work spans across biomedical and ecological sciences, intervention studies, health-systems research, monitoring and evaluation and policy translation.


The University of Namibia (UNAM) is the largest and leading National institution of higher education in the country. It is a diverse institution with a student population from 41 countries and from all continents. Although a relatively young university, it has grown to support a student population of over 30,144.


The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE) is a degree-awarding teacher education institution of higher learning, with the mandate for Educational Research, Curriculum Development and Teacher Education. The institute is operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research and is responsible for pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary education in the Republic of Mauritius.

Eastern-Cape Dpt of Education

The Eastern Cape Department of Education (Bhisho, South Africa) offers quality education and training systems to the schools of the province. Its mission is to provide socially relevant and economically responsive programmes that address the human resource needs of the province and ultimately empower South Africa as a country.

Eastern-Cape Dpt of Health

The Eastern Cape Department of Health (Bhisho, South Africa) provides quality health service to the province promoting a better life for all. Emphasis is on the primary health care approach and optimally utilising all resources, in order to enable all present and future generations to enjoy health and quality of life.

Swiss Embassy Pretoria

Official representation of Switzerland in South Africa. The Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between Switzerland and South Africa and is based in Pretoria.

We are supported by

Fondation Botnar

Fondation Botnar (Basel, Switzerland) is a philanthropic foundation, founded in 2003 by Marcela Botnar, wife of businessman and philanthropist Octav Botnar. The foundation's focus is on leveraging the latest technologies to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in low-and-middle-income countries.

Kolisi Foundation Logo

The Kolisi Foundation: Siya and Rachel Kolisi founded the Kolisi Foundation with a vision to change the narrative of inequality in South Africa and develop thriving communities. The Kolisi Foundation collaborates with others and adds its story to the stories of communities and individuals trying to change the world. By “remembering the one, one by one”, Kolisi Foundation is having an impact on its own country.