Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI) in collaboration with Generations for Peace Ghana has commemorated this year’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) in Ghana.

IDSDP is a worldwide annual celebration of the power of sport to drive social change, community development and to foster peace and understanding. It is celebrated on April 6 every year.

In Ghana, GFP and YDI celebrated the day with two different sporting activities; tug of peace and football match between GFP and St. Peters Mission School. The expression of change for the event was “forestering cooperation” using sport as a vehicle. After the sporting event, some of the participants preach peace to their school mates especially the senior high school students.

The Country Director of YDI, Naa Adei Boateng, said sports provides societal bonds among citizens, the potential for economic growth, improved fitness and the promotion of gender equality, “more importantly it promotes peace”.

“Our actions here today are to reiterate to Ghanaians and the world that sport encourages cooperation therefore we should continue to use sports to promote peace around us”, she added.

Furthermore she said, sport plays a significant role in cultures and communities around the world. These factors alone justify investment both time and money in sports programming.

YDI is an international nongovernmental organisation that focuses on enhancing leadership among youth, improving the competencies of youth organisations involved in development programmes, and strengthening youth representation on issues that affect their well being for nation building. GFP, on the other hand, is a Jordan-based global non-profit organization founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and Sarah Kabbani Al Feisal, dedicated to sustainable peace building and conflict transformation through sport, arts, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment.
GFP uses sport as an entry point to engage with children and youth, and its carefully-facilitated sport-based games provide a vehicle for integrated education and behavior change. In addition to the 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.