The overall aim of the conference and the work of its commissions is to look at how we can take Madiba’s vision for youth, sport and peace forward in 2019 and beyond. How can Madiba’s view on peace and the role of sport in uniting people and eradicating all types of discrimination and racial barriers and as an effective communication mechanism with the youth be translated into specific actions?
The 2019 International Cape Town Sport and Peace Conference as in the years before, also recognizes the International Peace Day of 21 September by convoking representatives from government, non-profit, educational, corporate and media organizations. The groups will challenge each other to break new grounds and discuss if and how the values of Madiba as reflected also in the Olympic and universal values such as respect, fair play, excellence, friendship are applicable to broader global themes of peace and community development and how best to forge partnerships among diverse organisations to build on those characteristics in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. Conference delegates will consider how to more closely integrate sports and recreation with peace, educational and civil-discourse initiatives.
With the upcoming Conference, we would like to invite you to join us in honouring Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the role he played for Youth, Sport, and Peace in the world. He believed in the power of sport, the important role of women and the youth as leaders of tomorrow. “Sometimes it falls upon a Generation to be great, he said, you can be that great Generation. Let your Greatness blossom.“
In keeping with Madiba’s unswerving internationalism, this year’s conference is also being held in conjunction with the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), and its continental affiliate, the Africa Peace Education and Research Association (AFPREA). For more information on this conference, see link below!
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This event was brought to you by a unique partnership of the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace in collaboration with Western Cape Department for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Nedbank, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Robben Island Museum, the International Pierre de Coubertin Foundation, the Western Cape Network for Community, Peace and Development, the Global Sport Institute, the Association for International Sport for All, the Cape Town Sport Council and their partners.
The overall aim of the conference was to look at how we can take Madiba’s vision for sport forward in 2018 and beyond. In the midst of local and global political challenges and international leadership changes, the focus on the importance of universal values and global governance has become paramount. We believe that Mandela’s belief in the power of Sport to change the world and his support for the Olympic Truce to promote a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity and the harmonious development of humankind, should be supported, also as it contains a vision from which we all can learn and to which we shall all aspire to.
We had a very special Youth focus this year: For the very first time, the Conference will be hosting the 1st African Youth Forum of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC) with 60 participants joining us for the pre-conference programme from 15-19 September. The Youth Peace Heritage Game will also again be offered this year.
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The 1st official OVEP Train the Trainer course recently took place with the Foundation for Sport, Development, and Peace. OVEP means Olympic Values Education Programme, which incorporates the Olympic and Universal values of Respect, Friendship and Excellence in sport and physical activity. The Olympic Values Education Programme is designed to benefit youth from all walks of life, and all levels of athletic ability and interest. The Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) is a series of free and accessible teaching resources that have been created by the IOC. Using the context of Olympic sports and the core principles of Olympism, participants are encouraged to experience values-based learning and to assume the responsibilities of good citizenship.
This curriculum is perfect for coaches of any sports code and can be used to instill a culture of cohesion and respect in community sport and recreation settings.
Our accredited trainers, Marion Keim and Christo de Coning, have hosted a Train the Trainer course in South Africa, on Robben Island. The legacy of South Africa’s road to democracy, and in light of Madiba’s centenary this year, having the course take place on Robben Island made this event even more monumental. Nelson Mandela believed in the power of sport to initiate positive change in the lives of everyone, and similarly, the OVEP Curriculum focuses on just that – using sport as a vehicle for development, wellness and growth. Congratulations to all students that were a part of the Foundation’s first OVEP Train the Trainer course. We look forward to hosting another course like this in the near future – so that we can equip our coaches of South Africa with the necessary skills needed to effect change and influence the lives of our youth, positively.
“Be the legacy in Sport and Life”.
The Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace is partnering with the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University, as they are hosting the Global Sport Roundtable: Race and Sport. You are invited to attend this event in-person or via video-conference from 9:00am – 4:00pm on Friday, June 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.
The goal is to meet, share work, discuss the field, and develop a research plan to impact the future of sport. There will be a strong focus on access, equity and transformation for youth and underserved groups and communities. The envisaged outcome is the start of active networking and collaboration on the topic that will raise awareness, educate, spur on more research, and inform the public and key stakeholders in the U.S., South Africa and globally. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. While we cannot promise to be able to provide full support, please let us know if travel support is needed and would enable you to participate. Please feel free to contact with any questions.
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The event will be brought to you by a unique partnership of the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace in collaboration with New York Road Runners, US Department of State, Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Brown University, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and their partners including the Nelson Mandela Foundation to honour the Centenary of Nelson Mandela.
April 6th is the International Day for Sport, Development and Peace- an occasion that New York Round Table participants will mark by sharing successful practices from their neighbourhoods; exploring sports‘ impact on personal development, identity and community cohesion; and determining how best to use sport to support youth development, education and teamwork. The role of women and volunteers will be other areas of discussion under the Theme: “Be the legacy in Sport and Life”.
To secure your attendance please rsvp by 4 April to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Melissa on (215) 873-1927 in US or internationally Marion + 27 82 202 3454.
The 4th Cape Town International Sport and Peace Conference, 3rd Youth Peace Heritage Games and 1st Sport and Peace Awards 2017 by the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace took place in September 2017, and boy, did the Foundation receive plenty of support!
The theme this year’s International Cape Town Sport and Peace Conference is Breaking new Ground: Values and Leadership for Recreation, Sport and Peace and the event seeks to promote sport, well-being, tolerance and peace worldwide. We believe that sport, development and peace as well as Olympism, which is “To place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity” should be supported, also as it contains a vision from which we all can learn and to which we shall all aspire to. It is for this reason that the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Nedbank, TAFISA, SRSA, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Grassrootsoccer, Metro Police, tertiary institutions, and others joined forces and together hosted the 4th International Sport and Peace Conference.
In attendance, special guests, Deputy Minister Gert Oosthuizen and Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, MEC Anroux Marais were keynote speakers and shared about the potential of sport and its importance in developing cohesive, active and responsible communities. A focus on the power of sport for Youth development was present at this year’s conference, as sport has the ability to teach important life-skills essential for employability, good citizship and promotes social mobility through the acquiring of sport specific skills in development. Sport federations and non-profit organizations were also in attendance and shared the same passion for community improvement through networking and collaboration in the Foundation’s endeavours to achieving and implementing the Olympic and Universal values using sport as a vehicle to achieve peace and reconciliation in communities within South Africa.
A picture speaks a thousand words, have a look at the memories we’ve captured at this year’s conference:
The TAFISA Reach Out Training Programme, developed with IOC support, aims to build
national awareness, cooperation and strategic development of Sport for All. It will focus on
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Participants who complete the 2days training course on 14 and 15 September 2016 will be exposed to international perspectives, learn more about example programmes, create new networks and apply what they have learned in creative planning to meet the future needs of their communities. Participants should currently work in the field of Sport for All and physical activity (or related) and must be able to communicate in English – the official course language.
Building on the 1st Cape Town Sport and Peace Conference held on the occasion of the Cape Town, South Africa Marathon and World Peace Day in 2014, the 1st Boston Roundtable for Sport and Peace is dedicated to promoting awareness and visibility of sport as a means of building peace within communities, and for youth more specifically.
In the season of the Boston Marathon and the International Day for Sport, Development, and Peace you are invited to join us to promote sport and peace worldwide. The event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required (details below). In an interactive format the Boston Sport and Peace Roundtable will address 4 key questions:
Senator William Brownsberger
Deputy Minister, Sport and Recreation South Africa, Min. Gert Oosthuizen
A Global Vision on Sport, Peace and Development
Dr. Marion Keim Lees
Chairperson, Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace
Dr. Amr Abdalla
Senior Advisory on Conflict Resolution, Karamah (Muslim Women Lawyers For Human Rights), Washington D. C.
Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University
Wilfried Lemke, United Nations’ Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace, Geneva
Dimitris Kyriakides, Goodwill Ambassador, City of Marathon, Greece
What are the challenges young people face in navigating a world of increasing conflict and turmoil?
Chair: Dr. Andrea Strimling Yodsampa (DEPLOY/US)
Dr. Cheri Blauwet (Paralympian & Marathon Winner), James Morton (YMCA, Greater Boston), Bill Galatis (Boston Sports Museum), Deputy-Superintendent Nora Baston (Boston Police Dept.)
What are the opportunities for communities of practice for Sport to address the challenges facing youth, communities and nations?
Chair: Jessica Berns (Organising Committee)
Eli Wolf (Brown University), Rodrigo Stein (The Grassroots Project), Robert Lewis Jr., (The BASE and The Boston Astros), Dr. Jennifer Bruening (Uconn and Husky Sport)
Lunch will take place from 13h00 to 13h45.
What are the lessons of experience from examples from around the globe of successful Sport for social change and peace building initiatives ?
Chair: Nariman Laattoe (Foundation & WC Network)
Meslissa Otterbein (Grassroots-Rwanda), Danielle De Rosa (Uconn), Dr. Alexis Lyras (Georgetown & O4H), Mark Moniz, (America SCORES)
Cooperation and networking around the world: How can we jointly use Sport to create positive alternatives that celebrate diversities and counter violence and divisions?
Chair: Min. Gert Oosthuizen (UN Chair IWG, SDP)
Jim Nelson, (Suffolk University), Bob Bigelow, Dr. Josh Weiss (Harvard University), Nariman Laattoe (Foundation & WC Network)
4.15pm – 4.30pm
Dr. Amr Abdalla and Dr. Marion Keim Lees
“African Visions – Global Legacies: Sport and Peace”
As part of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Programme from 19-21 September, and on the occasion of World Peace Day we are happy to present the 1st Cape Town Peace Conference and Expo on African Visions – Global Legacies – Sport and Peace taking place on 19 September 2014 at Southern Sun, Waterfront, Cape Town.
The Conference facilitated discussions, workshops, presentations and community experiences in the field of sport, recreation, community and youth in the development and peace context and will addressed a variety of stakeholders from civil society, government departments, corporates as well as interested parties from tertiary institutions and schools.