CYP RCA/Workshops/Workshop 1

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Workshop I

  • Adapt from LearnShare?
  • Draft Workshop Plan
  • Identify existing web / media resources that share information about issues pertaining to Youth4Peace (Dabesaki)
    • Discussion Topic #2. Non-violent transformation of conflict, sports for peace
  • (Dabesaki) communicate with participants on line in advance of workshop
  • Bring them to workshop
  • Activity: Identify strengths & weaknesses
  • Activity: Guidelines for how participants can create their own 'media' - i.e., song, music, text, game, poem, drama - using arts/culture
    • rules for participatory content creation
    • keeping in mind who the target learner is (peer group?)
    • keeping in mind what the objective is (the 'lesson' or skill or attitude/ approach)
    • keeping in mind story developmen
    • questions for discussion developed for this media (i.e., Learning Activity)

(Comment.gif: Keep in mind Summary of Discussions & Recommendations

  1. Youth development initiatives need to be led for youth by the youth. This calls for increased opportunities for the youth to be involved in development processes;
  2. . A comprehensive and holistic approach that actually gives young people the platform to be involved in all matters of decision making pertaining their well-being should be adopted at all levels of policy-making;
  3. Youth have a responsibility to protect the future and should join in the implementation of the outcomes of discussions, forums, youth organisations, community based organisations in order to project our a united force speaking the same language to bring about sustainable development; (RF - emphasis added)
  4. Youth organisations should develop community based programmes at their different levels as a means to improve society and facilitate the achievement of the millennium development goals;
  5. Young people have to equip themselves in order to locate better job opportunities that will increase their socio-economic status in society. Government and its partners need to do more in terms of providing the relevant materials and support needed in enhancing this goal.)


Sport is increasingly recognized as an important tool in helping the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. By including sport in development and peace programmes in a more systematic way, one can make full use of cost-efficient tool to help create a better world. "Sport is games, activities, and exercises; and builds bridges between individuals and across communities, providing a fertile ground for sowing the seeds of development and peace.

  • Sport can be a very cost effective way to reach children and youth, and provide them with an enjoyable sport experience, and develop peace-building skills. It has the power to gather people together, and can help them regain normalcy with a fun and carefree experiences in safe and stress-free spaces.
  • Sport provides a platform for encouraging peaceful encounters, encouraging social contact, building friendships, and providing a shared sense of identity and belonging.
  • Sport can reach out to socially excluded groups and connect them with people, resources, and services.
  • Sport can teach life skills such as tolerance, teamwork, fairness, respect, self-esteem, conflict prevention, peace building, and empathy.
  • Sport can improve fitness, foster health, and enhance mental health and well being.
  • Sport can break down barriers and improve relationships between asylum seekers, refugees and the local population.
  • Sport is an important door opener to meet with local officials, traditional leaders, and parents in order to build support for their children to participate.


Sport embodies fundamental values or principles - to guide our actions and decisions.

  1. Fair Play - can be learned and applied to life beyond sport. It goes beyond following the rules and includes right behaviours, attitudes and spirit.
  2. Pursuit of Excellence - to encourage people to become the best that they can be in whatever they choose.
  3. Respect for Others - children and youth can learn to respect all people and all cultures, including those very different from themselves.
  4. Joy of Effort - Young people develop and practice physical behaviour and intellectual skills by challenging themselves and each other at physical activities, movement games and sport.
  5. Balance Between Body, Will, and Mind - Physical literacy and learning through movement contributes to both moral and intellectual learning.

Sport has been very effective in assisting the dispossessed and traumatized. Sport provides lessons in rule-governing behaviour. It enables divided communities to begin to understand differences.

Success in sport at the international level can help build shared pride and positive experience for divided societies, e.g., Iraqi success at the Asian Football championships.

Workshop II

  • Participants bring their 'media' to the workshop
  • Other participants give 'feedback' to both media and questions
  • Material then packaged
    • ODL unit - COL
    • CYP - outputs for future policy development

Overview of activities from now to end of June

Tentative dates for workshop

  • 3rd week of June - 2 days
  • June 22-23, 2009

Workshop Objectives


Draft Agenda

List of Prospective participants (as much as possible) and numbers

List of participants (Final) and numbers

Needs / To - Do's

  • travel and logistics
  • Official letter of invitation? - From CYP

i think the only letter that is needed should be addressed to the Ministry of youth and sports, saying that COL is working with CYP on this initiative and that a workshop is being planned in June 22-23 and the government should be informed

An initiative of the Commonwealth Youth Programme and the Commonwealth of Learning - Col-crest-blue-web.jpg