Recently, Right To Play is excited to announceits continued collaboration with the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) on the 7th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Program camp, which takes place in Gwangju, South Korea. The 12-day camp is aimed at empowering young people from disadvantaged communities who currently work or volunteer in the field of Sport for Development and Peace.More than 30 youth from Asia attend this Youth Leadership Program.
Like Right To Play, the camp builds onthe potential of youth to invoke sustainable change in their communities. As a part of the Program, participants will take part in a mentoring workshop that will allow them to engage with world leaders in the areas of environment, peace, IT innovation, culture and Sport for Development, includingUN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke.
Right To Play has been as organizing partner of the Youth Leadership Program since its inception. Recognized as a leader in the field of Sport for Development and Peace, itwill lead a series of activities, through which youth will:
- be encouraged to reflect on their own perspective and approaches to development;
- explore different strategies of using sport as a tool to inspire change in development areas aligned with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
- identify and problem-solve barriers to implementing Sport for Development and Peace programs in their communities;
- share strategies, approaches and best practices in Sport for Development and Peace;
- learn to advocate for Sport for Development and Peace;
- create an action plan to develop, implement and evaluate Sport for Development and Peace programs;
Upon returning to their communities, the youth will develop, implement and evaluate their own Sport for Development and Peace programs to address a specific need or development area.
The first UNOSDP Youth Leadership Program camp was held in January 2012 in Doha, Qatar. Other camps have been held in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden.