UN Special Adviser visits sport project in Rio15 July 2014
Rio (GIZ) - While Rio de Janeiro was busy preparing for the World Cup final on Sunday, the Favela Morro dos Prazeres celebrated its very own finale of the youth sports camp. UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke participated at this final ceremony to learn more about this youth project, which aimed at utilizing the power of sport, football in particular, to educate children and young adults.
Since the beginning of their school holidays, more than 200 children have participated at the sports camp. Every day, they have had the opportunity to play football and engage in other creative activities such as kite-making. Both the children and their trainer Aderlucia Silva told Mr. Lemke about their experiences and different football activities as well as training concepts. Mr. Lemke was very much impressed by the scope of the project and invited children to participate at the UNOSDP’s Youth Leadership Camp to share their experiences and further develop their skills. He also talked to Consul General Harald Klein, representatives of the Rio city council, the institute Promundo and the project managers from the German Development Agency (GIZ) during his visit.
The project which took place at different locations all over Brazil was organized by the GIZ on behalf of the German Ministry for Development and Cooperation (BMZ) and the German Football Association (DFB). Almost 2500 children and young adults participated in the programme which was focussed on promoting children’s social development through sports while specifically focussing on football. The idea came up when the Brazilian government decided to close Brazilian schools during the World Cup. As such, the project offered an alternative, especially to those children living in poorer areas of the country, by providing them with daily opportunities to play and exercise in sport.