Deadline: 25 April 2020
What sparks will be ignited when the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace encounters the COVID-19 pandemic? Come to join the Sports Challenge against COVID-19!
In observance of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April), the Pan-African Youth Network for a Culture of Peace (PAYNCoP) in partnership with UNESCO and the African Peer Review Mechanism Youth Network is inviting young people from across Africa to take part in the Sports Challenge against COVID-19.
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 6 as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). Since then, organizations and citizens across the world have organized events and activities in their respective communities to show the power of sport in fostering peace and understanding, driving social change, and promoting community development.
In The 2020 celebration comes at a time when the whole world is fighting the Corona Virus (COVID 19) pandemic, which has affected millions, claiming thousands of lives and displaced communities and forced billions of peoples in confinement. In such circumstances, sport remains a powerful tool for recalling human values of respect, solidarity, healthiest responsibility, teamwork, equality, motivation and resilience, all essential in the individual or collective fight against COVID-19, and for building foundations for resilience and peace in a troubled period.
In this regard, young people between 15 to 35 are invited all across Africa to join this sport challenge by making videos of themselves displaying their innovative skills and creativity in taking part in any sporting activity of their choice, as a contribution to strengthen their health, hence to fight against COVID-19 and post the video on their social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtags proposed for this Challenge and encourage their friends to participate.
PAYNCoP, UNESCO and the African Peer Review Mechanism Youth Network will re-post entries at random to raise awareness during the Challenge. Note however that re-posting does not amount to endorsement nor final selection.
- Participants are advised to carefully read and follow the entry guidelines.
- Sporting activity must respect the health measures and confinement directives in place in your respective areas of residence (including staying at home, personal hygiene, social distancing, etc.).
- This Call is open to all young Africans across the globe between 15 to 35.
- Remember to post using the following designated hashtags: #IDSDPchallenge #SportsAgainstCOVID19 #Whitecard #IDSDP2020
NB: Five winners (5) will be announced during a live online Forum on April 30, 2020. Winners will be awarded with selected sport kit.
How to participate?
- Make a one (1) minute video or less of yourself displaying your innovation and creativity taking part in any sporting activity of your choice during confinement or movement restriction period as your contribution to the fight against COVID-19
- Post it on your social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtags
- Follow UNESCO and PAYNCoP on Twitter and Instagram and like Facebook pages
- Tag at least five other youths and convince them to enter the challenge.
For more information, visit https://en.unesco.org/news/call-participation-sports-challenge-against-covid-19-africa
I thank UNESCO & PAYNCoP for organizing the Sports Challenge against COVID-19 Africa. The programme will provide opportunity for youth all over the world to fully participate in the global fight against COVID-19 and collectively we will WIN the fight against COVID-19. The programme is very apt.
Deaconess Rita Solari Inko-Tariah
Solari Skills And Entrepreneurship Development Centre (SSEDC) – NGO,
Founder of SDGs Youth Football Club and UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) Focal Person in Rivers State, Nigeria.