Empowering Youth to Make Sustainable Changes Through Sport for Development and Peace
Gwangju, South Korea (Friday, August 23, 2013) – Right To Play is excited to announce its continued collaboration with the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) on the 7th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Program camp, which will take place Aug. 22-Sept.3 in Gwangju, South Korea. The 12-day camp is aimed at empowering young people from disadvantaged communities who currently work or volunteer in the field of Sport for Development and Peace. More than 30 youth will attend the Youth Leadership Program, representing 10 Asian countries.
Like Right To Play, the camp builds on the potential of youth to invoke sustainable change in their communities. As a part of the Program, participants will take part in a mentoring workshop that will allow them to engage with world leaders in the areas of environment, peace, IT innovation, culture and Sport for Development, including United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke and His Excellency, Young Sam Ma, Korean Ambassador to Israel.
Right To Play has been as organizing partner of the Youth Leadership Program since its inception. Recognized as a leader in the field of Sport for Development and Peace, it will lead a series of activities, through which youth will:
Be encouraged to reflect on their own perspective and approaches to development;
Explore different strategies of using sport as a tool to inspire change in development areas aligned with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
Identify and problem-solve barriers to implementing Sport for Development and Peace 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 an action plan to develop, implement and evaluate Sport for Development and Peace programs;
Upon returning to their communities, the youth will develop, implement and evaluate their own Sport for Development and Peace programs to address a specific need or development area.
The first UNOSDP Youth Leadership Program camp was held in January 2012 in Doha, Qatar. Other camps have been held in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden.
About Right To Play
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 to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change. Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and has national offices in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and regional offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Its programs are facilitated by 600 international staff and more than 13,500 local volunteer Coaches.
Right To Play Thailand Foundation was registered in Thailand in 2007 and implements programs for school children, vulnerable youth, youth delinquents, migrant children and refugee children in Thailand using sport and play as an innovative and dynamic learning tool within a comprehensive and holistic approach to education and life skills development. Right To Play Thailand Foundation works with a number of donors, including DKSH (Thailand) Limited, that supports Right To Play’s Life Skills Development Program.
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For media inquiries, please contact
Program Officer (Life Skills Development Program)
Right To Play Thailand Foundation
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