Qudra participates in the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
Qudra is committed to sports as an instrument to foster peace and social inclusion – especially in the context of Syrian refugees finding new homes in neighbouring countries. This is why, sport is taught as an extracurricular activity in Qudra schools in Jordan and Lebanon.
Article by Malena Knauth
On the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), The Qudra Programme was part of celebrations in cooperation with the GIZ Programme Sport for Development in Jordan and Lebanon. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) is celebrated every year on 6 April all over the world. The day came into existence in 2013 through a resolution by the United Nations to highlight the power of sport in community development and peacemaking and underline the important contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In Lebanon, Qudra organised a youth event at the Beirut Evangelical School to teach Lebanese and Syrian students how to initiate and use sports and social activities and become a ‘Sport Pioneer’ within their own community. The activities included Basketball, Football and Ultimate Frisbee. To strengthen leadership skills, the students oversaw and led their own activities on which they received feedback from peers and sport professionals.
In Jordan, the IDSDP was celebrated in Amman, Sports City with 200 children and youth including children with disabilities from all over Jordan. The event was organized by the GIZ Sport for Development Programme and supported by Qudra as well as the Jordan Paralympic Committee.
The children had the chance to try different sports like Ultimate Frisbee, football and various cooperation and agility games. To boost the participants’ creativity, Qudra facilitated an arts station for the children to be able to express in a colourful what sport means to them. The drawings were subsequently integrated into a mural, which was afterwards gifted to a Jordanian school with a high percentage of children with disabilities.