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Generation for Peace camp starts

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The Generation for Peace camp, hosted by the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, kicked off at Prince Edward School on Tuesday.

The official opening ceremony is set for today.
Generation for Peace is a non-profit organisation which was formed by Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan in 2007 and seeks to train youth leaders in regions experiencing conflict how to use sport to build tolerance and reconciliation among young people from all sides of the divide.

Jordan-based Lama Hattab, who is one of the directors of the organisation, jetted into the country yesterday for the seven-day camp.

Samuel Mutsvanga, the camp coordinator, said 65 delegates from around the country, some of whom have lived most of their lives in conflict situations, had arrived for the camp.

“All the delegates are here and there are a lot of activities going on at the moment,” said Mutsvanga.

“We expect that by the end of the camp, the youths who are here will be well-equipped with skills to deal with different conflict situations.

“The aim of the camp is to train trainers who will be able to work with other youths and children in terms of self-esteem, gender values that include tolerance, fair play, respect, and excellence among other values.
This is an initiative that uses sport to promote peace among youth,” added Mutsvanga.

The camp will provide participants with practical sporting tools and theoretical elements of peace education, designed by top international experts, the Coaching Association of Canada, the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches’ Association, Basketball Union of Zimbabwe and the Softball Association of Zimbabwe
The sporting sessions include soccer, basketball and softball.

Former Warriors skipper Peter Ndlovu and Edzai Kasinauyo are some of the volunteers who will provide their assistance in soccer; Ngoni Mukukula will give his expertise in basketball while Stonard Mapfumo will give a hand in softball.

Since its inception, Generation for Peace has worked with over 47 000 children and has trained more than 3 000 youth leaders from 39 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

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