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Sport as a mediator between cultures

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Sport as a mediator between cultures

sportanddev reports directly from the Sport as a Mediator Between Cultures conference, a symbol of Israeli-German cooperation...

Various dignatories and keynote speakers presented their points of view on the use of sport as a tool or as a mediator between communities and cultures.

The Israeli Minister of Sport and Culture, the German Parliamentary State Secretary and UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace all made statements endorsing the power of sport as a tool 'to build bridges and bring hearts together.'

These statements gave a high-level introduction to the topic, while keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Fred Coalter, challenged his audience to confront underlying assumptions in Sport-for-Development practice. He argued "working in deprived communities often assumes that people in those communities are deprived. In fact they are often extremely resourceful to be able to live in such conditions."

The day's discussions went even further to the practical level. Practical workshops introduced participants to the various approaches of Peres Centre for Peace, Budo for Peace, Mifalot and Football 4 Peace. Young people from each organisation helped participants through 'real life' examples of techniques and pedagogical tools used in each programme.

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Usha Selvaraju

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 23:00