Ghanaian NGO wins 2015 Samsung Generations For Peace Award

AT15-GHA-2-620x330A Ghanaian non-governmental organization (NGO) Youngstars Development Initiative, has won the Impact category award at the 2015 Samsung Generations For Peace Awards for Innovation, Quality, Impact and Sustainability held in Jordan.

Volunteers from Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Macedonia, and Palestine won in the three other categories.

GFP said the winners of the 2015 Impact Award were selected as volunteers from Ghana for a sport for peace programme dubbed the ‘Catch Them Young Accra Programme’.

“This Sport For Peace Programme for Children targeted 40 school students to address issues of bullying and poor communication between students of different ages and social classes.In implementing the programme, volunteers got members of the beneficiary community and stakeholders involved. This approach enabled the wider community to learn about the programme, and start to benefit from the programme activities. In addition, the programme received wide coverage with features in the local media.”

“The Samsung Generations For Peace Award for Impact is given to a programme that demonstrates an ability to positively affect the beneficiary community, stakeholders and other members of the wider community. It is also awarded for successful local media coverage and local awareness of programme, and for quantitative and qualitative reach of programmes.”

The annual Awards Dinner on November 25 took place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Amman, Jordan, where the fifth Generations For Peace Samsung Advanced Training ended for the volunteers.

The six day 2015 Samsung Advanced Training, saw 39 volunteers from 10 countries gaining new skills in facilitating peacebuilding programmes in their communities.

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.

HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, and Fadi Awni Abu Shamat, Corporate Marketing Director for Samsung Levant, handed out four awards to recognise volunteers in the areas of Innovation, Quality, Impact, and Sustainability.

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The four categories are also the key “drivers of change” for Generations For Peace. The Samsung Generations For Peace Award for Innovation is given to a programme that demonstrates innovative and creative ways to plan and implement their programmes.

It is also awarded for leveraging local community resources, for thinking out of the box, and being adaptive in addressing issues of scarce resources and risks that come up during programme implementation.

The winners of the 2015 Innovation Award were volunteers from Kyrgyzstan for the Batken Generations For Peace Isfana Art for Peace programme, which aims to improve relationships and build trust between Kyrgyz and Uzbek students, in a region of the country where there have been high ethnic tensions.

The volunteers used innovative tools that helped participants appreciate the culture and traditions of different ethnicities in new ways, including forum theatre, acting and photography classes, boys’ activities in support of girls on International Women’s Day and a festival of friendship. Representatives from the district education department and directors of the targeted schools asked that these activities be scaled up to a district level.

The winners of the 2015 Quality Award were volunteers from the Republic of Macedonia for a Sport for Peace Programme for Children in Tetovo. This programme helps build trust between Albanian and Macedonian children; providing a space for interaction and opportunities to develop friendships. Volunteers built credibility by forming a diverse team with volunteers from both ethnicities. The team went beyond the recommended monitoring procedures and have shown great commitment, attention to detail and consistency in their reporting.

The winners of the 2015 Sustainability Award were volunteers from Palestine for the Tulkarem Violence in Schools Programme. The programme focused on violence in schools between students from different refugee and host communities.

The volunteers’ success led the Ministry of Education to request the replication of the Tulkarem programme in Jenin. Today, more than 130 female and male students from five schools have benefitted from the carefully facilitated sport-based activities to reduce violence.

The organisation congratulated this year’s award winners, as well as the ongoing dedication of all 39 Generations For Peace volunteers who attended the 2015 Advanced Training, and the nearly 9,000 volunteers who have been trained to implement peacebuilding programmes in their communities around the world.

At the Awards Dinner, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein also presented certificates in recognition of Samsung Levant, supporter of their work since 2008; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which supports GFP’s work throughout the MENA region; as well as institutional partner Jordan Olympic Committee, telecommunications partner Orange, logistics partner DHL, and beverage sponsor CocaCola Jordan.

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 seven years, we have trained and mentored more than 8,500 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 216,000 children, youth and adults.

GFP is ranked 32nd in the “Top 500 NGOs in the World” for 2015 by Global Geneva. The ranking assesses non-governmental organisations according to innovation, impact, and sustainability.

GFP is also the only peace-through-sport organisation officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee.


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