Youth Leadership Programme Makes a Successful Debut in South America

Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP), May 19, 2015: The groundbreaking educational programme, established by the UNOSDP in 2012, has expanded its reach to the South American continent with the first ever Spanish-speaking edition.

Hosted by the city of Medellin, Colombia, the 16th Youth Leadership Camp gathered youth involved in grassroots sport for development projects in 14 countries of the Caribbean region, South and Central America.

Over the last twelve days they have followed an intensive curriculum of theoretical and practical training sessions, which was designed for them by some of the world’s top international and local facilitators: Inter Campus (Inter Milan Foundation), International Paralympic Committee, International Table Tennis Federation, Badminton World Federation, Fundación Carvajal, Grupo Internacional de Paz and Colombianitos.

Tomorrow, the participants will return to their home countries where they will apply their newly acquired knowledge to upgrade their projects and fine tune them to better serve the needs of their communities.

“At UNOSDP, we strive to reach out to youth in the furthest corners of the world and teach them to use with the maximum efficiency the transformative potential of sport. We thank our partners for helping us put South America on the YLP map and offer special words of gratitude to the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation, who funded this camp on behalf of Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development,” said UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Mr Wilfried Lemke.

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