UN Special Advisor Lemke praises Generation Amazing programme
DOHA: Generation Amazing ambassadors continue to make an impact in their community by sharing their learning experiences at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and starting numerous football-related initiatives of their own. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) programme has drawn praise from the UN Special Advisor Wilfried Lemke as the United Nations marks the 2nd International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on 6 April.
“I greet the Generation Amazing programme as it makes an important contribution to the global efforts to employ sports for global peace, development and understanding,” said Wilfried Lemke, UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace.
In 2014, Generation Amazing brought a group of 22 students from four countries to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ to attend football matches and meet with representatives of different Brazilian non-governmental organizations to learn about how they are using football as a tool for social change.
Since returning to their home countries, these ambassadors have been engaged in a series of community presentations to inspire others and share their ideas for using football to address community challenges. There have been 16 presentations across 10 communities in 3 countries to an audience of 2,398 people including youth, teachers, community leaders, community members and politicians.
During their presentations Generation Amazing ambassadors shared the knowledge and experience they gained about how sport can be used as an effective tool for development. They also shared their plans for using sport as a tool to address issues in their communities.
Since the presentations, some of the students have already begun implementing their projects. In Nepal, Rakshya Pandit and Dipesh Khadka organised friendly football matches for girls and boys. These were the first tournaments organised and led by youth in their community. In Jordan, Generation Amazing ambassador Ziad Khlaifh presented about his experience in Brazil to 30 people in his community and organised a football tournament for 50 students from different schools in Aqaba.