Generations for Peace Amman Camp 09 closes
Generations for Peace Amman Camp 09 closes
Prince Feisal closes Amman Camp 2009
Amman, Jordan: HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, founder and chairman of Generations For Peace, admits to being ‘humbled’ by the 70 delegates from 15 countries that have completed the global initiative’s fourth camp, held in Amman, Jordan.
Speaking at the closing of Amman Camp 2009, HRH Prince Feisal said:
“Hearing the stories that some of these delegates have shared has been truly humbling and I can reassure them that they will never be alone as Generations For Peace Pioneers of the future. They will now return home with the comfort that Generations For Peace will be with them every step of the way as they use sport to try and make a difference within their own troubled communities.”
Implementing GFP projects back home
Following 10 days of intensive peace building and conflict resolution tuition combined with professional sports instruction, the delegates will now begin the hard work of implementing Generations For Peace projects back home in order to become Generations For Peace Pioneers.
Delegates from first time countries Zambia, Gambia, Burundi, Senegal and Nepal joined Bangladesh, Iraq, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Yemen in Amman to take the total number of countries that now have Generations For Peace representation to 29.
Amman represented the fourth international camp hosted by the global initiative since 2007 following two previous Amman camps and one that was hosted in Abu Dhabi by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Head of the Emirates Red Crescent Society and the Founding Partner for Generations For Peace.
Over the past 10 days, world-renowned professionals in conflict resolution and communication trainers have delivered the unique Peace Pioneer Certification Programme alongside instructors from across the world in softball, football and basketball.
GFP Peace Pioneer programme
The training programme is composed of an Introductory module providing orientation to the certification programme and the use of sport for peace, and four key modules which focus on the roles Peace Pioneers will undertake within their communities: Peace Building; instructing children; training of the trainers; Advocacy for Generations For Peace and Partners to the local communities.
They learned how to teach basic sports skills and specific drills to help build an atmosphere of friendship and instill tolerance and understanding among young people from different sides of the divide.
Generations For Peace has succeeded in bringing together like-minded individuals and partners who believe that commonalities outweigh differences and that planting the seeds of peace is a shared responsibility for all. The Cascade Programme has resulted in growing numbers of Generations For Peace programmes being instigated in the countries to where graduates have returned to after their training for the Generations For Peace Pioneer Certification Programme.
The Camps also teach participants how to train other trainers, who can then plan and implement sporting programmes with children through a series of workshops, interactive seminars, presentations, debates, role-play and sporting sessions.
Topics cover leadership, teamwork, building dialogue, tolerance and respect, anger management, conflict transformation, peace education, working with children & youth, self confidence, sport, religion and politics. Peace Pioneers are expected to train at least 20 trainers every year; work with at least 100-200 children annually; be an advocate for peace and to promote Generations For Peace; and to support other Peace Pioneers.
Amman Camp 2009 partners
Amman Camp 2009 has enjoyed the support of Samsung Electronics as the Official Partner while the International Softball Federation, who provided professional coaches earlier in the camp, are Programme Partners. The football sessions were organised by British club Brighton & Hove Albion while NBA Cares provided basketball coaches, including former NBA All Star Rolando Blackman, to train the delegates. Camp 09 Official Suppliers included Coca-Cola and Mr Chips provided by M. Haddad & Sons Co.