This will be the seventh Youth Leadership Camp (hereafter YLC) and the first to be held in Asia. This camp will be hosted by the South Korean City of Gwangju, the hosts of the 2015 Universiade. Participants will come from Vietnam China, Hong Kong, India, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Palestine, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vanuatu, Tonga, Malaysia, Indonesia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea.
Organising partners of the Gwangju YLC, the Gwangju Universiade Organising Committee (hereafter GUOC) have taken a lead role in development of an action packed schedule for the participants. Alongside the GUOC as organising partners, Right to Play will join for their seventh camp.
The Youth Leadership Programme recognizes the potential that youth have to invoke change in their community especially in the field of SDP. By helping youth develop their leadership skills in SDP this program not only contributes to the personal development of youth, it contributes to community development. By providing opportunities for youth to develop and exercise their leadership skills, the Camp can strengthen a community’s capacity to build on its strengths and respond to pressing community needs.
Outcomes and Objectives
Utilizing the power of sport and play the Camp will help youth gain practical leadership skills to inspire and invoke change. Youth will create this change by:
- enhancing the quality of SDP programs in their organization
- increasing the number of organizations in the community that are aware of how sport and play can contribute to development and peace
- increasing the number of people in the community that are participating in SDP
To help youth promote this change, the Camp will encourage youth to:
- reflect on their own perspective and approaches to development
- explore different strategies of using sport as a tool to inspire change in a variety of development areas, including most notably the MDGs
- identify and problem-solve barriers to implementing SDP 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 standards to guide the development and implementation SDP programs
Using participatory facilitation techniques the programme will favor an experiential approach to learning. This methodology gives youth a chance to reflect on the lesson at hand, to connect their learning to real-life situations, and to apply their knowledge to their communities. Youth will not only be active participants in their own development but they will also support the growth and development of youth from other countries. Through numerous partner organization presentations, leadership tasks, play-based activities and group discussions, youth will learn to maximize the transformative power of sport and play.
|Through hosting the Universiade, Gwangju will overflow with sportsmanship and a challenging spirit resulting in a renewed sense of community and passion against a background of peace, culture, and nature. The Gwangju Universiade will be a highly creative and economic event that combines education and culture. You are invited to be at the center of all this at the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade.|
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