The 3rd UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp is happening right now in Macolin/Magglingen, Switzerland and the students so far have taken full advantage of the opportunity to get to know and learn from fellow young leaders around the globe.
The camp provides a fun way to learn how and why sport can be used to make positive changes in their communities. Young leaders get to travel and meet new people, but also get training to learn effective ways to use sport for development. Not all the young leaders have the same education levels or access to resources, which makes the camp so helpful for those that are hopeful for change in their communities.
Some of Right To Play’s very own young leaders are there right now learning and sharing. Like Anan Thompson who is a 21-year-old Youth Leader in Liberia. The most exciting part of the camp for Anan is meeting people like him who are working hard to inspire change.
“[The most exciting part is] flying thousand miles from home to meet other people, especially youths from other platforms, who have the same desire of making positive impacts in their communities.”
Even within Right To Play there’s a chance for learning and growth! Each young leader has their own philosophy on what a leader is and 19-year-old Balkhissa Cherif Haïdara, a Right To Play young leader in Mali, can share what she thinks a true leader does.
“A leader inspires others in their attitudes and behaviors. Most people think that they must be in a position of power to be a leader. I think that we can be a leader in many ways: in our family, with co-workers, in our social life and sports,” said Haïdara.
The camp will continue on until October 5th – check out some great photos from the UNOSDP’s Flickr account below!