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The 5th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) will take place for the second time in Macolin, Switzerland. Taking part in the event will be 30 young men and women from Africa. The camp will be organized by the United Nations office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP),Right To Play and Swiss Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO), as well as several other partners.




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 a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries around the world build essential life skills and better futures, while driving a lasting social change.



The Swiss Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO), headquartered in Macolin, is the Swiss federal government’s centre for expertise in sports and a part of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports.

The mission of FOSPO is to promote sports and exercise in all age groups and at all levels of ability across Switzerland, its cantons and regions. It creates optimum conditions for active participation in sports and exercise that go beyond social and cultural boundaries. FOSPO is a service, education and training centre for elite, professional and amateur sports. As an education centre, it develops knowledge and imparts the skills and proficiencies required to practice and teach professional and amateur sports. It also plays a primary role in the development of important national sports facilities.



FC Basel logo The Football Club Basel 1893 (FC Basel) has been a member of the Football Club Social Alliance since 2007. The Alliance was originally founded by Scort in 2007 and unites professional European football clubs for social responsibility.

As the global guiding organisation for volleyball, the FIVB upholds the highest standards to ensure the legacy and excellence of the sport is experienced and enjoyed around the world. The FIVB is the global governing body responsible for all forms of volleyball, with currently 220 affiliated national federations and five continental confederations. The FIVB Heroes Campaign places FIVB athletes front-and-centre, promoting outstanding performance and inspiring and new generation of fans both on and off the court. 

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 International Judo Federation is the international governing body for Judo.
Logo Agitos The Agitos Foundation is the leading global organization developing sport activities for people with a disability as a tool for changing lives and contributing to an inclusive society for all. Its vision is to lead the Paralympic Movement’s aspiration of driving change towards an inclusive society.
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.
  361 Degrees International is a sportswear brand company based in China, carrying various social responsibility activities.
   PeacePlayers International (PPI) was founded in 2001 on the premise that “children who play together can learn to live together.” In its nearly eleven years of operations, PPI has reached more than 55,000 participants. Through a groundbreaking peacebuilding-and-leadership development curriculum, PeacePlayers International uses basketball to bring children together and teach them proven tactics for improving their communities. PeacePlayers International currently operates year-round programs in South AfricaNorthern IrelandIsrael and the West Bank, and Cyprus.
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.
Swimsports.ch is the association of the swimming-interested organizations and institutions in Switzerland.



Since 2007 Fadila is a member of the NGO Women's Association for Development Buayaba, an association that works in the development of women and girls. Responsible for marketing of this NGO, she promotes sport in relation to women’s health and the importance of sport for leadership. She organizes twice a year a race for women, during which she raises awareness on reproductive health. Her dream is to become a female icon that impacts positively on the development of women in general and young women in particular.

In her role as a coach for Right To Play, Angelique (24) works with young
people between the ages of 15 and 20, enlightening them about typical diseases in the region. She uses sport as an educational tool to teach how it can help to avoid and cure these diseases - not only actively, but also theoretically through group discussions, followed up by a “message of the day” which they are supposed to take back to their communities. One of her most significant observations to date is how much sport can improve your life skills, as well as influence and change you in a positive way, offering you a way of how to deal with all sorts of problems and the daily struggle in Rwanda. In the future, she plans to share her experiences in the field of sport and development with other professionals.

CHEIKH OUMAR BA (Mauretania)
Cheikh has been playing as a winger for the basketball team of ASC SNIM, a cultural
and sport association, for over 3 years now - participating in national tournaments and championships. He is also the president of le CLUB RFI from Nouadhibou, which
focuses on sport and culture.

In his role he is – among other things - responsible for organizing school tournaments – in basketball and also in football. His main objective is to facilitate solidarity and mutual assistance among his community. Concerning the association, he lists the fact that they have been the most successful club in regard to promoting sport for development for 3 years in a row now, as one of his biggest achievements.

Sheikhs’ future goal is to become a competitive sportsman. He wants to be in a position where he is able to spread his ideas for a better development through sport not only across his country, but across Africa in general.

Since 2008, Damien works for the organization "Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle", an
organization that particularly focuses on youth who are not in school. He is responsible for the sports and development domain, focusing on various disciplines such as football, basketball, athletics or kung-fu. In his role he for example organizes friendly matches and supervises coaches. Some of his best experiences were when various teams and athletes won medals in (national) competitions, for example when one of their athletes won a gold medal in December 2012. As for his future goals he wants to promote positive values to the youth, good education and fighting sexually transmitted infections (STIs, HIV).
Since the age of 18 and for over 7 years now, Dina has worked as a sports coach (sitting-volleyball, seat-ball, and athletics) for JEHO KUKI, a centre for people with disabilities, aged 5 to 25. In her view, sport plays an essential role for social and educational development as well as integration. Therefore she organizes friendly games, both local and national, to show that people with disabilities also have talent, are able to do great things, fight for their dreams and can go for gold. The moments and achievements that make her the happiest is when she feels the motivation and sees the enthusiasm in the eyes of the people, the will to carry on and to sign up for competitions. Dinas’ goal for the future is to become a coach on an international level.
Ernest works as an adviser for Esperance, a sports organization which helps young people, aged 8 to 35, to resolve social conflicts through sport as well as promoting education and development in other areas. In his role he particularly works with adolescents, aged 13-18, showing them how to use sport, mainly football, to
resolve conflicts, to improve life skills and mental wellbeing. He also focuses on sport as a powerful tool to battle HIV. His greatest success has been raising awareness of these issues. For the future he wants to share his experiences and promote the idea of sport as promoter and high-impact tool in social development and peace-building efforts.
SYLVERE KAZAGUI (Central African Republic)
Sylvere is holder of a black belt in Aikido. Working for the Central African Aikido
Federation, he teaches his students the ethics of this sport. Through Aikido he promotes values like respect, tolerance and solidarity among youth. He also guided street children of Bangui during one year. Sylvere aims to encourage as many people as possible to start with Aikido not only for their personal development but also for the development of his country.

STEVE TWAMBE (Democratic Republic of Congo)
As a facilitator, Steve is currently working for the Table Tennis Federation in Congo. He is responsible for promoting table tennis as a tool for development and peace in schools and youth houses. He organized a successful table tennis event for over 200 youngsters of whom most of them are still practicing table tennis.

For the last three years, Stanislas has been working as a young leader for Right To Play. He uses the power of sport to educate youngsters about the challenges facing his community in Benin and also for the development of positive behavior of life, especially in the prevention of diseases. As a coach of both girls' and a boy’s football team gives him the opportunity to advocate sport as a tool for youth development. Furthermore, he established “Young People Can” an association that supports youth development in his community.

ROSETTE LUYINA (Democratic Republic of Congo)
As an athlete in athletics, Rosette is engaged within the National Paralympic Comité of Congo.

She had a single amputation of her tibia. She uses sport as an instrument to improve physical, physiological and psychological development of people with

By sharing her experience as an athlete she hopes to spur disabled people into sports. Her dream is to become a professional athlete.

Three times a week Sarvesh works as a physiotherapist at the Centre for Education and Progress of Children with Disabilities (CEPEH), where he tries to rehabilitate children with physical disabilities. He uses exercise therapy to improve the motor skills and social integration of children in Mauritius. His dream is to work in the sports sector to treat athletes and to continue to work in NGOs dedicated to the rehabilitation of disabled.
Sandrine, 19 years old, has been working for the “Visually Impaired Sports Club, Lizié
dans la main” for some months. She fulltime helps running the secretariat and sports
activities. She is dedicated to help people with visual impairment through sport and to
provide them with opportunities to achieve a better position in Mauritian society.
Rachel has been member and volunteer to the association FMMH (Brotherhood
Mauritius for the Sick and Disabled) since 2009. She is coordinating wheelchair basketball and is organizing events to raise funds to finance sport activities for disabled youth. In Mauritius possibilities for disabled people are limited and most of the time they stay at home. Being able to increase the chances of young people with disabilities by doing sport activities gives her a sense of accomplishment.
Marcelline is one of the coaches of Esperance who implements the methodology of
football Amahoro (football for peace). As a technical assistant, she organizes training
sessions to share her knowledge on sport for development and peace with colleagues and new members of the organization and organizes Football Amahoro tournaments like the tournaments of “Four countries For Peace (Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, and Uganda)”. Her main career goal is to become an ambassador of peace and an expert in the field of conflict resolution by using sport.
MAGUY MAKANDA (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Working for the Georges Malaika Foundation who motto is “empower through education”, Maguy is responsible for women’s sport in her community. She has the ardent desire of preventing violence against women and early marriage. As a three-time champion of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 100 meters Athletics, she shares her experiences with other children who want to be the champions of tomorrow.
Khalil has been the Program Manager of Right To Play Lebanon for the last six months. His role is to manage the implementation of the action plan for specific communities located throughout the country and to establish a network of local partners. Having this position at the age of 24, motives him to further develop his abilities and expertise in this field by building a solid theoretical and practical experience.
JOSEPH LUKOO (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Joseph underwent an amputation of the right hand. As an athlete in athletics, he works for the National Paralympic Committee of Congo. He encourages other persons living with disabilities to join the organization and to regain their self-confidence by showing them that they have many possibilities in life. Living with a disability himself, he experienced the power of sport for inclusion. One of his dreams is to discover other cultures and other environments.
Although Jihad studied IT and computer sciences, she found her passion in carrying out socio-economic projects for people in precarious situations in Morocco. SIFE FSR, a student association, was founded in 2009 by Jihad and has currently more than 150 members. She uses sports to educate youngsters who have committed crimes, teach them self-control, limit the consumption of drugs and cigarettes and instill values of citizenship.
Jaber, 25 years old, is the Executive director of the organization TIBU Maroc, a nonprofit organization that develops basketball educational and social programmes in schools and universities. One of his greatest achievements is that after the first edition of one of the basketball camps that they organize, he got calls from parents to tell him that their children have changed and have become more attentive and curious. He has already been working for the organization for three years of which two and a half years as a volunteer and now as the first employee of the association.
Since 2011 Jean is working for Esperance in Rwanda, as a technical assistant. He is the leader of a group of Esperance called Learning International Cooperation (ILC). He guides young people in how to use football to educate and to fight against HIV / AIDS; and in how to use sport regarding people with disabilities. The greatest success he had so far is that the number of girls in the group he coaches multiplied by five.
From 2011 on, Hillary has been the National Commissioner of the Scout Association of Rwanda, a partner of Right To Play. Being educated by Right To Play, she is in charge of Gender in the organization. She uses sports and games to increase awareness on issues such as reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases, the use of drugs and hygiene. She set up six women's teams and more than 1,000 young people have been mobilized in the fight against violence. Through games and sports she changes attitudes towards girls.
Hereiniaina is already working for five years as a volunteer leader in Young Men’s
Christian Association (YMCA) Madagascar. Besides a young leader, he is also an
Ambassador of the African citizenship program called from Subject to Citizen (S2C). He is in charge of implementing the program in all YMCA activities in Madagascar, including sports. Sport is a way for him to educate and empower young people. Four years ago, he has set up a basketball club called Y & R (Youth and Renaissance), whose members are young people from slums of Antananarivo.
Hassine works for the Tunisian Federation of Sports for Disabled, organizer of sport
events in order to integrate children with disabilities in society. As a technical consultant he is involved in the organization of competitions (competition program, arbitration, transport and logistics ...). Hassine holds a Master in Adapted Physical Activity. His goal is to change children's attitudes toward children with disabilities.
GISELE KASUMBA (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Since 2009, Gisèle has been working for the National Paralympic Committee in Congo. One of her biggest realizations is the introduction of Sitting Volleyball in a school and afterwards five teams were made. She is a promoter of adapted sport to young disabled people, a presenter of radio programmes, and a coordinator of various sport activities organized for young people with disabilities within and outside the country. In the future she wants to implement the appropriate sports activities in the Eastern part of the Congo.
For over 4 years, Ubayd has been working as a teacher with the Lizié dan la main, Union des Aveugles de l’Ile Maurice, an association for the rehabilitation, empowerment and education of blind and partially sighted people. In his role as a teacher he works with kids between the ages of 5 and 18, consistently encouraging them to engage in sport activities to impel their development and strengthen their social ties. One of his most important successes was when one of his blind students was taking part in a sports competition (“Torball”) for the first time ever and won the first prize. His future goal is to become a specialist for the blind in his chosen field, to improve the knowledge and to set new standards.



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