Sport & Youth Development
Olympics & Youth Development
According to the Olympics.org website (Development through Sport – Sport a Tool for Development):
The Olympics has been working in different ways to support youth development. Since 2004, the IOC has been working with the UN Development agency to promote healthy lifestyles and understanding of HIV/AIDS. The IOC and the UNHCR have worked together since 1996 on sports projects for refugee camps and resettlement areas around the world. Basic sports equipment and recreational activities are offered to these deprived populations, composed mostly of children and young people who are particularly in need of leisure activities to overcome the idleness of their life in a camp.
The Olympic "Giving is Winning" campaign, started in Athens in 2004, continued in Beijing in 2008, and continuing in London in 2012 supports international collaboration to collect and donate sports and casual clothing to those in need (Olympic.org – Giving is Winning).
With the support of the IOC, An Olympic Youth Development Centre was opened in Zambia in 2010. A second Centre is being developed for Haiti.
During the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore, as part of the Culture and Education Programme (CEP) at the YOG, the IOC's partner organisations taught participating athletes about important topics such as sustainability, doping, Olympism, HIV/AIDS, children's rights, fair play, first aid and humanitarian assistance. Interactive booths were set up at the heart of the Youth Olympic Village, giving athletes the chance to learn about these topics in a fun and engaging way, as well as discovering how they can contribute to resolving these issues. These efforts targeted YOG youth in a way that allowed them to find out more about specific global issues while enjoying themselves at the same time.
The IOC, in cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Samsung will support and effort to provide more than 150,000 young people living in camps for refugees and internally displaced people, access to sport through a two-year programme which will see the distribution of IOC sports kits in 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and America. The effort focuses on bringing the joy of sport and the related psychological benefits to young refugees who have often suffered enormous atrocities."
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