A German initiative for refugees in Iraq and Jordan, operating under the belief that sports can serve as a catalyst for social cohesion, is making a significant impact on young lives. The program offers a range of sports activities for young people aged 8 to 24, benefiting over 126,000 children and young people across schools and community centers. Additionally, it has trained over 300 teachers and trainers to support this mission.

The initiative actively encourages the participation of girls and young women, breaking down cultural and gender barriers in regions where societal norms traditionally limit female engagement in sports. By doing so, it challenges entrenched stereotypes and fosters a sense of agency and empowerment among its participants.

A standout success story from the program is Maryana Haddad, a member of the Jordanian women’s national football team. Through the initiative, Haddad not only honed her skills as a football coach but also found a platform to inspire and mentor a new generation of athletes. Her journey exemplifies the transformative power of sport in providing opportunities and building confidence.

The program also emphasizes the importance of educators and trainers in nurturing social skills and values through sports. By upskilling local social workers, teachers, and trainers, the initiative ensures its long-term sustainability and continued positive impact on the communities it serves.

This initiative demonstrates the profound potential of sports to bridge cultural divides, empower individuals, and create cohesive communities, proving that its influence extends far beyond the playing field.
Source: Jordan and Iraq: Fostering social cohesion | BMZ

Source: Jordan and Iraq: Fostering social cohesion | BMZ

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