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24.11.2008 International

GENERATIONS FOR PEACE INITIATIVE GROWS ON WORLD STAGE

By Ellen Ockey

Tuesday 25 November 2008: Amman, Jordan will play host to the second annual Generations for Peace camp by bringing together youth leaders from sixteen Asian and African countries troubled by conflict.

Founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan, Generations For Peace uses sport as a vehicle for peace building in divided communities. Generations For Peace: Camp 08 will take place in the Al Hussein Youth City, Amman, the venue for the successful pilot camp last year where leaders of youth from seven countries learnt the skills to run peace programmes and cascade their learning back home. As a result of this initial camp, more than 45 peace projects using sport amongst youth in troubled areas will be implemented by the end of 2008.

A further 70 delegates have been confirmed for Generations For Peace: Camp 08, from countries including Jordan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon and Afghanistan, who participated in Camp 07; and newcomers Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Lesotho, Togo, Cote D'Ivoire and Liberia. The Jordanians are participating as the host nation and have been nominated by numerous social development organisations; and the rest of the delegates by UNDP and UNICEF Offices, OlympAfrica, National Olympic Committees and the British Council.

The Peace Pioneer Certification Programme will be delivered during Camp 08 from leading international and local peace education experts and sport coaches. The training programme is composed of four key modules which focus on the roles Peace Pioneers will undertake within their communities: Peace Building; instructing children; training of trainers; and Advocacy for Generations For Peace. They will also receive sport training, rules and teaching skills in six sports: Softball, Athletics, Football, Volleyball, Basketball and Table Tennis.

The 2009 Generations For Peace camp will be held in Abu Dhabi early next year, following the announcement of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister, as a Founding Partner of Generations For Peace.

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