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Watch the Game Connect Sport for Protection pioneering initiative officially kick off in Uganda

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Watch the Game Connect Sport for Protection pioneering initiative officially kick off in Uganda

The official launch of the Game Connect programme is taking place Friday, 19 February 2021, at 9 AM CET (11 AM local time) in Kampala, Uganda.

This initiative which exemplifies the power of synergies, is brought together by a consortium formed by the Olympic Refuge Foundation, UNHCR, the Uganda Olympic Committee, Right to Play, Youth Sport Uganda and lead agency, the AVSI Foundation.

The programme, spanning three years, aims to improve the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of young refugees by increasing their access to safe sport. This is achieved by improving the availability of and access to safe spaces, creating a contextualized Sports for Protection curriculum, and developing the capacities of coaches, youth leaders and peers. This will result in the delivery of safe sports in youth centres, sports clubs and ultimately in primary and secondary schools in the refugee settlements and host communities of Adjumani, Palabek and Kamwenge, as well as in the slums of Uganda’s capital Kampala. The ambition of the programme is to directly reach over 10,000 young people affected by displacement by 2023.

The Olympic Refuge Foundation believes Game Connect will contribute significantly to pioneering a new approach in programme content and delivery, thereby paving the way for others – whether policy-maker or practitioner, governmental agency or NGO, humanitarian or sports organisation – to adopt and advocate for sport to be used as a means to protect and empower young refugees and their hosts.

The Foundation has the goal for 1 million young people affected by displacement to have access to safe sport, by 2024.

Watch the live launch in the presence of IOC Member and President of the Uganda Olympic Committee William Blick, Italian Ambassador HE Massimiliano Mazzanti, Uganda Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees HE Hillary Onek and UNHCR Country Representative Joel Boutrue. 


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