Leadership Development Retreat

Apr 24, 2013

Youth leaders at the retreat (Photo: UNDP-ACT)

PeacePlayers - Cyprus in collaboration with the Environmental Studies Center of Kritou Terra and Youth Power, hosted its 3rd “Leadership Development Program” for 31 young boys and girls ages 15 to 17. The aim of the retreat was to bring together Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot youth, in order to teach them not only advanced basketball skills but also develop their leadership skills and their environmental awareness. It also encourages them to get involved in their community and become active citizens and create and develop new friendships.

The participants of the Leadership Development Program spend 3 days in the Kantara camp from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 of April 2013, in the mountains surrounded by the Kantara forest. With help from their coaches, the participants enjoyed basketball trainings, bicycle rides to the Kantara castle, nature walks and classroom sessions focusing on leadership and respect. 

The Leadership Development Program is a great way not only to promote basketball but also to forward a message of cooperation which can be achieved by encouraging the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot youth to participate and live together for 3 days and 2 nights. “Through PeacePlayers – Cyprus we learn not to judge people from the past but to see the person that is in front of us now” said a young Greek-Cypriot participant of the Program. The basic idea is that sport can be used as a tool which can eliminate social differences and change any negative perceptions that may exist for the members of the other community.

“Play for peace and respect each other” said a young Greek-Cypriot girl participant when asked what is the message that she take out of this weekend.

PeacePlayers-Cyprus is a locally registered non-profit organization whose mission is to unite educate and inspire children to develop mutual understanding and respect for each other through the game of basketball. Since its creation in 2007, PPI-CY has worked with over 3,000 Cypriot youth and held over 150 successful bicommunal activities called ‘twinnings’. PPI-CY is currently the only year-round bicommunal youth sports organization on the island. By facilitating regular, frequent, and structured interaction, we help reverse prejudices built steadily over years in segregated communities and foster the long-term trust necessary for true friendship.

PeacePlayers-Cyprus and the Environmental Studies Center are part of Youth Power.  This activity was supported by Youth Power which is funded through UNDP-ACT.  Youth Power consists of 12 Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot organisations working together to support youth development and activism throughout Cyprus.  As a network we aim to facilitate mutual support between our members, encouraging the exchange of information, experience and ideas through local and international networking, promotion and training.

Contact Information

Stephanie Nicolas (+357 99791395) or Orhun Mevlit (+90 542 858 1307)

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