Galaxy4Peace Call on Stakeholders to Mainstream Sport While Developing, Peacebuilding Policies on International Day of Sports for Development and Peace
7th April – Lagos-Nigeria, Galaxy4Peace joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace, in Lagos, Nigeria at Prudence City College, Yaba.
Annually observed April 6th, after United Nations declaration in 2013, this International Day born out of the realization that sport has immense potential to bridge cultural understanding, improve education, health, economic and social development aims to bring goodwill and positive social outcomes through sporting achievements.
Observing this International Day, Galaxy4Peace organized sport centered activities for her ‘Teach Peace Early’ club members targeted at publicizing the importance of the day, which celebrates the power of sport in promoting peace and development.
“Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace. In the Declaration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sport’s role for social progress is further acknowledged” ~ UN.
During the ‘Teach Peace Early’ session, students present were empowered on how co-operative games facilitates to promote peace in schools and environment.
Speaking to the students, Ms Precious Ajunwa, Founder & Project Lead of Galaxy4Peace, shared how sports is used as a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding – thereby bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. “With sports and its transversal nature, we can rebuild trust in communities that have been torn apart by conflict.”
Giving insights to students present where the power of sport has been used to facilitate dialogue in countries shattered by conflicts, Ms. Ajunwa shared cases of United States and China; Pakistan and India pointing how this tool helps in dissuading youths from violent extremism.
“Not only did members of the ‘Teach Peace Early’ club invite their friends who they do not get along with for the games which requires the skills of everyone, we were amazed at questions from them as they play towards improving their communication & co-operative skills through games” Precious Ajunwa shared.
“Sport has a huge impact on peace. Without peace there is no sport. Peace promotes sport. At this moment the students understands the correlation between sport and peace and as such they become catalysts for social change in their schools and communities” Kabiri Prudence City College – Teach Peace Early Club Coordinator shared.
“The promotion of sport as a tool for development and peace should at all times be bottom-up, not top-down but efforts to further promote and use sport as an effective tool for development and peace need to be strengthened at all levels” Ms Ajunwa said.
While the class presented us the opportunity to teach these young people the power that lies in using sports as a tool to promote peace, unity and inclusion, they additionally learnt how they can seize the potential of sport to advance peace, tolerance & respect for diversity in their schools and communities.
Designing and implementing sports policies with broader societal objectives at local & international level is crucial, therefore Galaxy4Peace call on stakeholders to mainstream sport while developing, peacebuilding and peacekeeping activities.
Highlights of the event include the competition between #Nonviolence & #PeaceLoving teams, and delivery of their placard messages eloquently.
Signed: Galaxy4Peace Communications