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Sport and refugees case study: Peace Ball Project

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Sport and refugees case study: Peace Ball Project

Working to recognise every child's right to play by bringing game balls and sports equipment to refugee children in Turkey.

Peace Ball Project was developed by Sebahattin Deveci̇oğlu, an academic from Firat University, Sports Sciences Faculty, Elazig, Turkey. The main purposes of the Peace Ball Project are to express that sport does not discriminatate on the basis of religion, language or race, to emphasise that sports is a shared value of mankind and to ensure “peace, friendship and brotherhood” through sports.

In addition to the activities accomplished in the project, another campaign will be started to provide sports equipment to boys and girls who are interested in sports in the region, by raising awareness about children’s right to play and drawing the world’s attention and interest to children living in poor districts.

UNICEF is making an effort to reach 43 million children worldwide, because all children have the same right to thrive, play, and practice sports. The Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II. Countries neighbouring the Syrian Arabic Republic are hosting more than 4.8 million registered Syrian refugees, including more than 2.2 million children. By the end of November 2016, Turkey had the highest number of registered Syrian refugees (2,764,500), followed by Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

Depleted resources, the high cost of living and restricted livelihood opportunities due to a lack of access to employment and legal residency are making it difficult for vulnerable families to meet their own and their children’s basic needs. There are 2.7 million Syrian refugees in the country, according to UNICEF, and across the region, there are a total of 2.7 million Syrian children, most of them inside the war-ravaged country.

About 380,000 Syrian children of school age are missing out on education in Turkey, raising the risk of a “lost generation,” according to UNICEF. Nearly 180,000 babies were born to Syrian refugees in Turkey between April 2011 and September 2016.

Peace Ball Project will use the current and expected results of Peace and Sports, Fair Play and Children’s Right to Play. “We are inviting the whole mankind to this meaningful project with the wishes of ending the wars in the world and sustaining the peace.” To help reach even more refugee children with lifesaving and life-changing aid, Peace Ball Project has teamed up with stakeholders to further their work.

This article was submitted by Peace Ball Project, visit their website for more information.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 16:22