Peace and Sport empowers the staff of the Youth Centers in the Great Lakes Region


From April 29 to May 10, Peace and Sport and CONFEJES, together with the Burundian Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Burundian Olympic Committee, Relais Espoir and Sport Sans Frontières, united to run a successful peace through sport capacity building seminar in Gitega, Burundi


Monaco, May 14, 2013 – After years of conflicts in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda, the local authorities have expressed the strong commitment to use sport to reinforce the culture of Peace among the next generation. Starting in 2011, Peace and Sport and CONFEJES have thus developed an innovative capacity building seminar targeting the people involved in the local youth centers to help them make the most from these structures and better leverage the power of sport to unite divided communities.


From April 29 to May 10, 26 youth centers’ directors, accountants, educators and other stakeholders from Burundi and DR Congo have had a chance to hear about best practices and develop new skills and tools to run successful peace through sport programs in order to make a difference in the life of the hundreds of children who pass through their institutions.


Leading the operations, Peace and Sport united with international and local stakeholders to expand the scope of the initiative and ensure its sustainability. This seminar towards youth centers’ stakeholders is the second one run by Peace and Sport and CONFEJES in the Great Lakes Region since 2011.


M.Fall, Secretary General of the CONFEJES declared: “our organization supports Peace and Sport’s activities by sending experts and educational tools to reinforce local stakeholders’ capacities.”


In collaboration with the Burundian Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Burundian Olympic Committee and Sport Sans Frontières, Relais Espoir stated: “we support the participants to share knowledge and build adapted tools”.


Joel Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport commented: “the Youth centers play a key role educating the next generation of the Great Lakes Region. Implementing Peace through Sport programmes will further help their staff to unite the communities and pacify the region. The Seminar’s participants came from Burundi and DRC (South Kivu). They are in the frontline to spread the culture of Peace among the youth. We are glad to help them in their mission and looking forward working with them in the future. They have now joined the expanding Peace through Sport family.”


Adolphe Rukenkanya, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture of Burundi joined the closing ceremony on May 10th, handing official certificates to all participants.

The newly trained participants are now able to use their skills to train future educators and youth center directors in the country. This will offer a valuable resource for the Ministry in its quest to offer structured educational activities for its youth.


The Great Lakes region is a key field of intervention for Peace and Sport. It also organizes the "Friendship Games”, a two-day trans-border sports competition intended to promote peace and unite young people from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda around values of friendship and fraternity offered by sport. The 4th edition of the event will be held in Luvungi (South Kivu DRC) the 21 and 22 September 2013.


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