• To promote research, teaching, and evidence-based practices in leisure education globally
  • To increase awareness and understanding of the importance of leisure education
  • To foster collaboration and networking among scholars in the area of leisure education.

Recent Activities

  • Established core themes of interest.
  • Shared leisure education policies and experiences worldwide.
  • Published a report in WL Journal with its reference as below:
    • Sivan, A. (2019). World leisure organization special interest group on leisure education, World Leisure Journal, 61(4), 315-315, DOI: 10.1080/16078055.2019.1661108
  • Reviewed papers for the 2020 World Leisure Congress in Pinggu-Beijing
  • Made a presentation at the the 2020 World Leisure Congress in Pinggu-Beijing under the Leisure Education and Culture thematic area.

Planned Activities

  • To make a presentation on: Leisure Education and Human rights in the 4th International Recreation and Sport Management Congress, Antalya, Turkey 17-20 May 2023.
  • To hold a symposium entitled: Leisure education and the right for leisure in the 17th World Leisure Congress on 11-15th December 2023
  • To develop a periodical newsletter as a platform for sharing of themes of interest under the area of leisure education while bringing in global perspectives
  • To hold a collaborative Webinar together with the Special Interest Group on Leisure and Human Rights

Open Invitation

Come and join us in our Special session Leisure education and the right for leisure in the 17th World Leisure Congress on 11-15th December 2023 presented and coordinated by Prof Atara Sivan and Prof Marie Young. See content below:

This session is sponsored by the WLO Special Interest Group on Leisure Education. The right for leisure and the significant role of educating for leisure have been advocated by scholars and practitioners across the world. Whereas efforts have been made to educate for leisure through educational and community settings, Covid-19 pandemic has hindered many leisure education initiatives, imposing barriers to achieving the right for leisure. This session provides a platform for leisure researchers and practitioners to share and reflect on leisure education practices in different contexts and the way in which the pandemic has affected these practices. The session will invite contributions including but not limited to the following topics: leisure education practices in educational and community settings; the impact of moving to online communication and learning on leisure education strategies; the role of educating for leisure in times of possible digital divide; new initiatives of leisure education during pandemic times and lesson learned from the experiences for the leisure education initiatives. The presentations will be followed by discussion on implications for leisure education in post pandemic times to facilitate leisure for all.


Prof. Atara Sivan

Prof. Marie Young