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The Friendship Games spread Peace and Sport methodology in Burundian schools

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The Friendship Games spread Peace and Sport methodology in Burundian schools

Travelling through the Great Lakes region, the Friendship Games promotes the use of sport for peace by training teachers in the Peace and Sport methodology.

The 10th edition of the Friendship Games toured through the roads of Burundi, stopping off in Gitega, Makamba and Bujumbura. Organised by Peace and Sport in partnership with the Burundi National Olympic Committee, this event, which took place from 12-18 August, aimed to encourage the use of the Peace and Sport Methodology in extracurricular school programmes and – more widely – to encourage cohesion in the Great Lakes region. Champion for Peace Vénuste Niyongabo, Olympic gold medallist in 5,000 metres, took part in the itinerant Games, which visited his hometown of Makamba.

In one week, the Games trained 50 teachers and 300 young people in the Peace and Sport Methodology, designed to foster inclusion, dialogue and respect through sport in seminars for adults and “peace through football” workshops for children. Each of the 50 teachers will be responsible for transmitting this methodology in more than 20 schools in the provinces of Gitega, Makamba and Bujumbura during extracurricular activities, benefiting more than 5,000 children.

Vénuste Niyongabo, Champion for Peace and Olympic gold medallist said:

It’s very important for me to share the positive values of sport, such as respect and dialogue, with my community. Through fun and instructive exercises, Peace and Sport offers teachers a simple and adaptable tool for children and young people to transmit these values. As a Champion for Peace it is a great pleasure for me to support this new national pilot project.

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Friday, August 23, 2019 - 11:42