United Nations to Host Youth Leadership Camp in DohaCamp will include a day all about sport inclusion. 09 Dec 2011
Play and Train, a non-profit association involved in sport, education and development for persons with a disability, will conduct a sport inclusion day on behalf of the IPC.
The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) is hosting a pilot Youth Leadership Camp from 9-19 January in Doha, Qatar, with the aim of empowering 30 young people who have made significant contributions in their home countries in the field of sport for development and peace.
Wilfried Lemke, the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace is helping host the camp.
Play and Train, a non-profit association involved in sport, education and development for persons with a disability, will conduct a sport inclusion day on behalf of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Play and Train’s programmes allow young people to relate to others and grow outside their families by having to deal with different situations that help them improve their daily autonomy and social relations.
The camp participants will hail from sub-sahara Africa and the Palestinian territory, and three of them are part of the Paralympic Movement, including Uganda’s Lloyd Burungi, a school teacher who also works as a volunteer coach for children with disabilities. He runs his own school-based club, teaching children sports and how to use them for their own development to provide them hope for bright futures ahead.
All of the participants are working at a variety of grassroots projects in their respective communities. They will be joined by 10 youths from Qatar in order to give the event a local element and expose the youth to different cultures, backgrounds and innovative ideas.
The ultimate goal is for the youth leaders to then further inspire and invoke change in their respective communities back home and to identify and problem-solve barriers to implementing sport for development and peace programmes in their own countries.