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Cultures converge at Generations for Peace Camp

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Cultures converge at Generations for Peace Camp

As Generations For Peace entered the second week of its first camp of 2009, delegates took part in a memorable religious and cultural experience during an inspiring trip to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, where the camp is being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Launched in 2007 by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, of Jordan, Generations For Peace is a global initiative inspiring leaders of youth to use sport as a tool to engage the young and to bridge divided communities.

Abu Dhabi marks the first time that a camp has been held outside of its Jordanian birthplace and it has welcomed 60 delegates from 10 countries for 10 days of thought-provoking classroom sessions which confront conflict resolution in an innovative way by combining it with practical sporting sessions conducted by professional coaches.

And during a break from the intensive course, the future Generations For Peace Pioneers, who hail from a range of religious backgrounds, visited one of their host city’s most prominent landmarks – Sheikh Zayed Mosque – which provided a platform to share their own religions and cultural beliefs.

Generations For Peace has held two camps previously in Amman, Jordan, and has since become a global initiative with hundreds of leaders of youth and thousands of young people benefiting from the curriculum which has been created by a full range of professionals from across the world.

Abu Dhabi’s camp has been supported for the first time by Samsung Electronics and the National Basketball Association and has also received support from the International Softball Federation, International Volleyball Federation and British football club Brighton & Hove Albion. Professionals in conflict resolution have also been on hand to enrich the delegates with new techniques that can be used to bring about change to their communities back home.

The current camp will run until March 10 and two more camps are planned before the end of the year with more first-time countries expected to send delegates to take part.

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Friday, March 6, 2009 - 23:00

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