The second edition of the UNOSDP Youth Leadership Program (YLP) took place at the Hennef Sports School (Sportschule Hennef), in Germany, from 18 to 28 June 2012. The camp – organised by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) in collaboration with Right To Play as a major knowledge partner as well as other partner organizations – brought together 26 participants from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Palestinian Territories.
The 26 participants (13 young women and 13 young men) came from a wide arrangement of Sub-Saharan Africa (namely South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Lesotho, Botswana and Rwanda) and the Palestinian Territories.
Here are some of the youth role models who were selected to take part in the 2012 UNOSDP Youth Leadership Program in Hennef:
Evans has been part of the 'Hoops 4 Hope' programme since 2000. He started as a young school boy and grew up in the programme and is now coordinating activities for the primary school children. Evans teaches life skills through basketball. Evans' passion is to give back to the community and educate children and youth in his community to become healthy role models.
Sherwin had a level T12 spinal cord injury in 2008. He attended a peer training camp in 2009 which gave him motivation to set goals for his life and desire to work to assist others in the community. Through his work as a peer trainer, Sherwin counsels other disabled people in issues of mobility, disability rights, sexuality, pressure ulcers, bladder and bowel management, wheelchair sports, employment, education and their general self-esteem and confidence to participate in their families and communities. Sherwin currently volunteers for the International Paralympic Committee, is involved in the management of a wheelchair basketball club in a disadvantaged suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, and has specific responsibilities to recruit new members through his peer training work at the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre.
A young woman, boxer and a role model from Kenya. Cynthia is involved in the 'Boxgirls International' organization, an initiative using boxing as a tool to tackle issues affecting young women and girls in marginalized communities around the world. The programme targets girls and young women from 8 to 18 years old and involves them in different activities that build their self-confidence, enable them to know their rights and teach them about leadership skills. Most of the girls and women that Cynthia works with have few or no female role models who are able to motivate them. Cynthia desires to pave the road for other female role models and to create opportunities for the girls, as well as other stakeholders, to be directly involved in changing the community perspective on women's involvement in a male-dominated sport.
Brenda's passion lies in training, teaching and mentoring young girls in her community in order to enhance rehabilitation among a post-war generation. In her home country Uganda, Brenda volunteers with the organization 'Girls Kick It' as a mentor and social worker, guiding and conducting leadership training and life skills education with the girls using football. Brenda wishes to become a leader in her community, train girls and give them hope for the future.
Farah hails from the Palestinian Territories. She wishes to learn more about the tools that can be used to implement initiatives in the field of Sport for Development and Peace. Farah organizes sporting events for primary school children and feels that too often the most underprivileged persons in her community are the children. Her dream is to teach children teamwork skills and find out new ways for the Palestinian sports community to promote peace and understanding.
The eleven-day curriculum was designed as a series of both theoretical and practical course modules.
Using participatory facilitation techniques, the camp favoured an experiential approach to learning. This methodology gave youth a chance to reflect on the lessons at hand, to connect their learning to real-life situations, and to apply their knowledge to their communities.
The students were not only active participants in their own development but they also supported the growth and development of youth from other countries. Through numerous partner organization presentations, leadership tasks, play-based activities and group discussions, the participants learned to maximize the transformative power of sport and play.
Each days was dedicated to a different thematic focus. These included such topics as 'Sport for Health', 'Sport for Persons with a Disability', 'Sport for Gender Inclusion' and ‘Sport and Peace’.
Sports disciplines that were mobilized for addressing these issues included boxing, judo, table tennis, football, yoga and basketball.
On Friday, 22 June, the students visited the German Sports University in Cologne, where they were taken on a tour of the campus and took part in a lecture on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) with a practical focus on SDP projects.
The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), based in Geneva and supported by a Liaison Office in New York, provides the entry point to the United Nations system with regard to Sport for Development and Peace, bringing the worlds of sport and development closer together. The Office assists the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace in his worldwide activities as an advocate, facilitator and representative of sports’ social impact in a development context.
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Right To Play is an international humanitarian and development non-governmental organization using the transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in children and thereby drive social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease.
FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 213 National federations of basketball throughout the world. GIZ, as a federal enterprise, supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. They are also engaged in international education work around the globe. The International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) is the world authority for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport. ILS leads, supports and collaborates with national and international organisations engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport.
The Bayer 04 Leverkusen Football Club has been a member of the Football Club Social Alliance since 2008. The Alliance was originally founded by Scort in 2007 and unites professional European football clubs for social responsibility.
The International Judo Federation is the international governing body for Judo.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level
The role of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) includes overseeing rules and regulations and seeking technological improvement for the sport of table tennis. The ITTF is responsible for the organization of numerous international competitions, including the World Table Tennis Championships that has continued since 1926.
The German Sport University Cologne (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln) is Germany’s largest and most prestigious center of teaching and research in physical education and sport science. With 20 scientific institutes (including the Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies with which UNOSDP collaborates for the camp in Hennef), it covers a wide range of sport science teaching and research.
Boxgirls International is a social profit organization that supports women and girls using boxing programmes as a catalyst for social change in their cities. Boxgirls International works with our partner projects in the field to deliver coaching through club and school programmes, as well as outreach activities to business, government and media decision makers to improve women's sport and social participation in general.
Play & Train is a non-profit association involved in sport, education and development from the grass roots to the elite level for people with a disability and their families.
Inspirasports is a non-profit organization specialized in the field of sport for development.
FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 213 National federations of basketball throughout the world.
GIZ, as a federal enterprise, supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. They are also engaged in international education work around the globe.
The International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) is the world authority for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport. ILS leads, supports and collaborates with national and international organisations engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport.
|Located 30 km south of Cologne, Sportschule Hennef provides facilities and services for top and leisure athletes from all disciplines, as well as for conference guests.|