More space for sport – 1,000 chances for Africa

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More space for sport – 1,000 chances for Africa

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Published 2014)

Development through sport

: Experience has shown that, if used wisely, sport is a valuable tool in supporting and promoting the interests of children and adolescents. 


Several components are required if we want to encourage children and adolescents to get moving and achieve new goals:
  • Education: Sport teaches social skills and values, helps young people develop basic life skills and can encourage them to take advantage of additional educational opportunities
  • Health: Both during the training and off the playing field, adolescents deal with measures related to HIV/AIDS and drug abuse prevention and healthy living
  • Respect: On and off the playing field, the participants practice respectful behaviour, tolerance, recognition and appreciation of others. Racism, discrimination and intolerance have no place here
  • Fair play: Sport teaches us to negotiate and observe rules that apply to everyone. The result is mutual respect and true equal opportunity. Violence and deceit are banned
  • Team spirit: Sport can build bridges – between boys and girls or between the old and young. Sport can bring people together regardless of background, religion or education
  • Coaches: Specially trained coaches of local partner organisations can build interest and offer sports programmes that combine exercise with development objectives. They are also important role models
  • Communication: Communication and exchange between everyone involved – participating children, coaches, teachers – is promoted through meetings and joint networking activities
  • Sports events: Sports camps and festivals reach large target groups, raise awareness of measures like voluntary HIV tests and build trust with the parents of participating children
  • Sports grounds: In addition to being training sites, sports grounds are locations for social meetings and exchange – which is why building and improving them is so important
  • Sports equipment: Goals, nets, baskets, balls – the right equipment is essential for exciting and high-quality sports programmes
 
The initiative “More Space for Sport – 1,000 Chances for Africa” was launched in 2014 by Dr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.
 

 

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Published 2014)

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2015

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Monday, July 6, 2015 - 23:00

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