Five months after the first UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp (Doha, Qatar, 9-19 January 2012), the second UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) concluded on 28 June, following eleven days of intensive activities aimed at providing 13 young women and 13 young men from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Palestinian Territories with the tools to address social issues in their countries and to learn how to use sports to foster social change.
Through presentations, leadership tasks, play-based activities and group discussions – participants learned about the transformative role of sport and play in relation to different themes relevant to the UN Millennium Development Goals, such as “Sport for Health,” “Sport for Persons with a Disability,” “Sport for Gender Inclusion” and “Sport and Peace.”
The YLC’s tailor-made programme embraces participatory techniques as well as an “experiential approach to learning” in order to allow the youth to reflect on the lessons at hand, to connect their learning to real-life situations, and to apply their knowledge to their communities. For example, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, a member of The Football Club Social Alliance, did not only facilitated a special training session on grassroots football; it also organized a practical session or “learning by doing” exercise on integrative football activities at the Ulrich Haberland Stadium in Leverkusen. At this special event, the 26 youth participating in the YLC had the opportunity to meet with approximately 30 school children and 30 children with disabilities and to learn about how to equally involve all children in integrative football activities.
At the closing of the camp, Wilfried Lemke, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, underlined the importance that the youth participants will implement what they have learned at the camp as soon as they return to their organizations and communities. In line with this objective, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has created a new project named “UNOSDP-ITTF Dream Building” that aims to facilitate a continuation of what has been learned during the camp. Once the participants go back home and digest all the information received, those willing to start a project using table tennis as a vehicle for development and peace, have the chance to apply for support from the International Table Tennis Federation.
The second YLC, held in Hennef, Germany from 18-28 June, was organized by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), in close collaboration with the international NGO Right To Play, and with the support of other partners.
For more information on the second YLC, read the official press releases:
22 June: Lives can be changed through sport’ says participant at UN Youth Camp in Germany, as intensive 1st week concludes;
28 June: 2nd UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp successfully concludes in Germany: ‘I will never forget this experience’ says participant from Zimbabwe
For more information on the first YLC, held in Doha in January 2012, see: The NGLS e-Roundup: 2012 UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp – Empowering young leaders through sports, as well as UNOSDP’s Activity Report on the YLC.
This article is available in Spanish.
A Spanish article about the first UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp is available.
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