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Creating role models at the UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp

Creating role models at the UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp

A UNOSDP video gives an insight into its January 2013 Youth Leadership Camp and the way the project helps young people from across Africa and the Middle East use sport as a tool for development in their countries.

The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) has released a video highlighting its Youth Leadership Camps. It focuses on the most recent (the fourth), which took place in Doha, Qatar, in January 2013. 

The UNOSDP organised the camp in partnership with Right To Play and the Aspire Foundation. 29 young people, from 14 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, took part in the camp. All participants were aged 18-25 and heavily involved in voluntary work with social projects in their own countries. More than 50% were female.

The idea of a Youth Leadership Camp was conceived in order to support such youth by giving them access to the theoretical and practical training needed to improve both their projects and their own professional progress, and by supporting them once they go back to their communities. The goal is to create role models and promote the use of sport as a tool for development and peace.

Using participatory facilitation techniques, the camps favour an experiential approach to learning. In Doha, each day was dedicated to a different thematic focus. These included such topics as sport for health, sport for people with a disability, sport for gender inclusion and sport and peace, and sessions were run by a number of organisations, including Liverpool Football Club and Boxgirls International

The fifth Youth Leadership Camp will take place in Macolin, Switzerland, on 15-25 May 2013.


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Paul Hunt


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 23:00