Generations For Peace Samsung Advanced Training strengthens youth resilience to violence and extremism around the world
01 November 2016 – Amman, Jordan: The sixth Generations For Peace Samsung Advanced Training recently concluded in Amman, Jordan. The international training, held from 22-26 October, united 35 experienced Generations For Peace volunteers from eight countries, who came to Jordan to hone their skills in order to strengthen their future programmes, which benefit vulnerable children, youth, and adults by reducing violence and transforming conflict in their communities.
The volunteers came from Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Palestine, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe and have all recently completed a full programme cycle, making it the perfect time to share their experiences and plan their future programmes. The intensive training, delivered by Generations For Peace’s Pioneer Facilitators, saw volunteers enhance their knowledge and skills in conflict transformation theory, facilitation, programme design, monitoring and evaluation, and storytelling. The training also provided an extremely valuable opportunity for horizontal learning across different countries: sharing knowledge, success stories, challenges, lessons learned and best practices, to ensure the volunteers’ next cycle of programmes have even greater impact and sustainability.
Speaking at the Awards Dinner, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, said:
“Together, we can break stereotypes, transform conflicts, and support child and youth development in those communities most in need. Engaging youth, unlocking their potential and supporting them with experiential learning of leadership and responsible citizenship, is a path to sustainable peace at the grass roots, turning the words of the Amman Declaration and of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security into concrete positive changes in people’s lives.”
“I would like to thank Samsung, our longest-serving partner, since 2008, for all their support. Together, we must continue to educate; we must continue to promote the unique power of sport, art, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment activities. These activities can help attract, mobilise and inspire communities; they can help build sustainable peace here in the Middle East, in Africa, Asia, Europe and wherever conflict casts its long shadow around the world.”
Commenting on Samsung’s long-standing partnership with Generations For Peace, Changsup Lee, President of Samsung Electronics Levant, said:
“At Samsung we take pride in our commitment to social development through sport and education. In this region and beyond, the work of Generations For Peace is more important than ever in supporting youth leadership to reduce violence and transform conflict in communities. We are particularly impressed with the global recognition Generations For Peace has earned as the Top-Ranked Peace-building NGO in the World. Samsung is very proud to have been the partner of Generations For Peace on this incredible journey since 2008.”
The training concluded with the Samsung Generations For Peace Awards. The Awards, presented by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and Changsup Lee, recognise outstanding accomplishments in four “Drivers of Change” categories: Innovation, Quality, Impact and Sustainability.
• The Innovation Award was presented to volunteers from Lebanon for their Sport and Arts For Peace Programme for children in Sidon.
• The Quality Award was presented to volunteers from Macedonia implementing a Sport for Peace Programme for children in Skopje.
• The Impact Award was presented to volunteers from Tunisia for their Sport for Peace programme for youth in Ariana.
• The Sustainability Award was presented to volunteers from Zimbabwe for their Sport and Arts for Peace programme for youth at Midlands State University.
Samsung, the title sponsor for the annual training, has supported Generations For Peace since 2008. This year, the training was also supported by Orange Jordan and Manaseer Group as Associate Sponsors, as well as Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and Coca-Cola Jordan.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Samsung Electronics Levant Co. has been the longest-standing commercial partner of Generations For Peace, since 2008. At the heart of the partnership is a shared focus on four things, known within Generations For Peace as our “Drivers of Change”: innovation, quality, impact, and sustainability.
Samsung’s support contributes to Generations For Peace training events and programmes in the Levant Region. Samsung is also the title sponsor of the Samsung Advanced Training, and the Samsung Generations For Peace Awards.
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About Generations For Peace
Generations For Peace (GFP) is a Jordan-based global non-profit organisation founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and Sarah Kabbani, dedicated to sustainable peace building and conflict transformation through sport, arts, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment.
By providing unique training and continuous support and mentoring to volunteer leaders of youth, GFP empowers them to lead and cascade change in their communities, promoting active tolerance and responsible citizenship and working at the grass roots to address local issues of conflict and violence.
Different contexts include inter-tribal, inter-ethnic, and inter-religious violence; gender inequality; post-conflict trauma response, reconciliation and reintegration; exclusion of minorities including IDPs, refugees and people with a disability; and challenges of integration in multi-cultural societies. Conflict sensitivity, and the full participation and empowerment of girls and women, are integrated into GFP’s approach.
GFP uses sport as an entry point to engage with children and youth, and our carefully-facilitated sport-based games provide a vehicle for integrated education and behaviour change. In addition to our sport-based approaches, GFP has also developed arts, advocacy, dialogue, and empowerment activities to support conflict transformation with children, youth and adults in different contexts.
In the last nine years, we have trained and mentored more than 9,025 volunteer leaders of youth in 50 countries and territories in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. With our support, their ongoing programmes address local issues of conflict and violence, and have touched the lives of more than 230,880 children, youth and adults.
GFP is ranked 35th in the “Top 500 NGOs in the World” for 2016 by NGO Advisor and is the highest-ranked peace-building NGO in the world. It is also the number one Jordanian NGO on the list. The ranking assesses non-governmental organisations according to innovation, impact, sustainability and strong partnerships.
GFP is also the only peace-through-sport organisation officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
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