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
The Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace will highlight aspects related to
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.