Second UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp

Second UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp

For the second time, the UNOSDP (United Nations Office on Sport Development and Peace) organized a Youth Leadership Camp. After the first edition, which was organized in Doha, last January, this second edition was held in Germany at the Hennef Sportschule, near Bonn. From June 20th to 21st, Bernard Messner, 7th dan, conducted several Judo clinic to help the 26 young participants (15 males and 11 females participants) to discover judo and its philosophy. The countries represented were: Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Kenya, Lebanon, Namibia, Palestine, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Organized under the leadership of Wilfried Lemke, the Special Advisor of the United Nations Secretary General, the camp gathers together young leaders involved in social projects. All of them use sports as a development tool.

Bernard Messner explained and demonstrated how judo can be concretely used on the field as a social development tool in order to educate the youngsters: “Judo is not only a sport”. Even if none of the participants were judo players, they were all happy to discover judo and its moral code and many of them promised to contact their national judo federation to evaluate the possibility to integrate judo in their respective activities.

The third UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp will be held this fall, in Magglingen, Switzerland and once again, judo will be present. —– IJF

For the second time, the UNOSDP (United Nations Office on Sport Development and Peace) organized a Youth Leadership Camp. After the first edition, which was organized in Doha, last January, this second edition was held in Germany at the Hennef Sportschule, near Bonn. From June 20th to 21st, Bernard Messner, 7th dan, conducted several Judo clinic to help the 26 young participants (15 males and 11 females participants) to discover judo and its philosophy. The countries represented were: Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Kenya, Lebanon, Namibia, Palestine, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Organized under the leadership of Wilfried Lemke, the Special Advisor of the United Nations Secretary General, the camp gathers together young leaders involved in social projects. All of them use sports as a development tool.

Bernard Messner explained and demonstrated how judo can be concretely used on the field as a social development tool in order to educate the youngsters: “Judo is not only a sport”. Even if none of the participants were judo players, they were all happy to discover judo and its moral code and many of them promised to contact their national judo federation to evaluate the possibility to integrate judo in their respective activities.

The third UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp will be held this fall, in Magglingen, Switzerland and once again, judo will be present. —– IJF

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