Sport  Kosovo Project #41389

YOUth can change the future for Kosovo

by PL4Y International
YOUth can change the future for Kosovo
YOUth can change the future for Kosovo
YOUth can change the future for Kosovo
YOUth can change the future for Kosovo
YOUth can change the future for Kosovo
YOUth can change the future for Kosovo
YOUth can change the future for Kosovo
YOUth can change the future for Kosovo
Happy beginnings
Happy beginnings

During the last three months, PLAY International has continued its mission to empower youth from Kosovo. Two new cohorts of 19 and 20 youth have been trained on how to become leaders of socio-sport games for children from their communities.

Both trainings were led by our fantastic trainers, Sumeja Osmani and Senad Ramani. Special mention should also be made for our program team, who worked hard to recruit motivated and interested youth and ensure that they would all be engaged in all the different sessions and then implement games in their communities.

The first cohort gathered youth from six different municipalities and the second one from five different municipalities. As in the previous trainings, this allows youth to build relationships with youth from other communities, cities, and cultures and foster their open-mindedness.

The aim of both seminars was to introduce the PLAY cooperative and collective sports games methodology to the participants. The trainers led the seminars in a manner that mixed theoretical sessions with practical work in the field and ensured most activities were interactive. This does not often happen in other organizations’ seminars that the same youth attend.

The implementation of the seminars went very smoothly since trainers have been implementing them for about two years with different cohorts of youth coming from different communities and municipalities. During the seminars, the activities carried out included collaborative sports games and workshops on the concepts of trust, diversity, inclusiveness, and socio-sport. The focus was also done on cooperative games. These games engage participants in the pursuit of a common goal without competition through three spheres of interaction: the relationship with themselves (the common goal can only be achieved through the contribution and success of each player); the relationship with others (players win or lose together); and the relationship with the environment (the number of points achieved, the time limit, etc.). That is why it is always important for the youth to have access to a sports field during the seminar to train themselves in implementing sports games and get direct feedback from the trainers on how to improve their implementation.

One of the youth trained said, "The theoretical part from the trainers as from Sumeja and Senad was very clear to us. They covered current topics that we face with children every day." Another one said, "I think that after the 3-day training we are ready to cooperate with the children and carry out the activities in the best possible way."

Since the training ended, participants from the first new cohort started implementing activities with children from their community at the end of March and the ones from the second new cohort at the beginning of April. Our trainers started visiting them to monitor that all the activities are implemented correctly, and it’s pure joy to observe that all children enjoy these socio-sports activities!

Winning together
Winning together
Hands-on learning
Hands-on learning
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Reviewing ideas
Reviewing ideas

PLAY International Kosovo and young volunteers engaged in the project “YOUth can Change the future for Kosovo” ended up the year 2021 with the same positive energy and willingness to transform Kosovar society into a more tolerant and inclusive one.

The month of November was marked by the second training for youth involved in the project. Indeed, on 5, 6, and 7 November, 14 volunteers from Fushe Kosova, Obiliq, and Graqanica gathered in Fushe Kosove for a three-day training under the kind gaze of our trainers: Senad Ramani and Sumeja Osmani. After the first gathering in December 2020, the first training in April 2021, the Summer Camp in August 2021, this was the second training in which the youth could participate. All these trainings have the same objective: bring young volunteers together, train them on the methods using of sport for social inclusion, and at the same time, allow them to get to know each other and to overcome stereotypes. 

All along these three days, the youth had the opportunity to be trained on 5 socio-sport sessions, to learn about inclusion and cooperation and to gain basic skills in sports leadership. Our trainers introduced them to the “life-skils” concept and to our socio-sport method to enhance their skills and knowledge on the approach of using sport for education and social inclusion.

The activities carried out throughout the seminar included collaborative sports games and workshops on the concepts of trust, diversity, inclusiveness, and socio-sport. Different modules were led to enable youth to both integrate these theoretical concepts and to learn how to well apply them through sports activities. Indeed, the youth could also enjoy a sports field to train themselves in implementing sports games and could have direct feedback from the trainers on how to improve their implementation.

One of the most important things during these trainings is that youth can express themselves regardless of their gender or ethnicity. Our trainers used several methods to provide youth a safe place to express their opinions and let them listen to others in order to let evolve their mentality.

Both, the trainers and the participantsnoticed the benefits of gathering every three to four months. It allows the youth to maintain their relations, and especially to share their experience and best practices after several months of implementation of activities with children from their communities. These discussions and sharing only support the sustainability of our project.

In addition to the training held in early November, PLAY International Kosovo, in cooperation with a partner organization, The Ideas Partnership, organized the International Volunteers Day on 4 December. The young volunteers of “YOUth can change the future of Kosovo” could thus participate in workshops and hold speeches to raise awareness on the important role that volunteers play in responding to challenges the world is facing today and will face tomorrow. This event was also an opportunity for youngsters to reflect on the benefits of their volunteering experience.

Our volunteers are now ready to implement a wide range of inclusive sports activities with children and all our team is very proud of them! Our trainers continue supporting the volunteers by visiting them during the activities they conduct, and by advising them. Until we let you know how the implementation of these activities are doing, the teamplay International Kosovo team wishes you, a Happy 2022! We count on your generosity and will continue bringing you the news from our inspiring young Kosovar women and men!

We're all connected!
We're all connected!
Forming Friendships
Forming Friendships
Brainstorming session
Brainstorming session
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PLAY youth commencing the Summer Camp
PLAY youth commencing the Summer Camp

It was a busy summer for PLAYInternational team. As we promised you last time, a big event for our motivated volunteers took place in August: the Summer Camp.

On the 23 of August, our trainers, Abide Ujkani and Senad Ramani, left Prishtina for Dragash to spend 5 days with 17 of our young volunteers with the ultimate objective and topic of the Summer Camp: The Change of Mindset. The programme was filled with activities aiming to challenge one’s stereotypes, to understand that diversity is enriching, to build trust among each other regardless of the community, and many more. And it would not be a real Summer Camp without a hike and a bonfire!

By participating in activities like collaborative and collective games, debriefing in teams, intercultural café talks, games, and workshops, Abide and Senad were happy to notice passionate discussions among the youth. Indeed, the participants had the opportunity to address topics such as interethnic cohesion, stereotypes and how to overcome them, or the importance of open communication. Let’s take a closer look at some of the workshops the youth could participate in.

The workshop named “Flower of identity” brought the youth to reflect on what defines one’s identity and how people define themselves in relation to others. What came out of this activity was that participants did not define their identity through their religion or community affiliation as we could easily presume but rather through the activities they enjoy doing. Although they are from different communities and can have different perspectives, they feel defined by the same things, for example, music. With this workshop, participants could learn about others but also about themselves, and grasp the complexity and variability of the concept of identity.

Another interesting workshop was named “Grandma let me tell you about culture”. In this activity, each young person had to explain to others a concept (e.g. inclusion, stereotype, identity, etc.) that s/he received on a card in different ways depending on the target audience written on the second card (e.g. grandma, journalist, friend, teacher, etc.). With this activity, the young volunteers nurtured an open and curious attitude towards diversity, developed empathy, learned how to adapt a message to the different public, and especially, improved the knowledge of cultural differences in communication. That is particularly important in a country like Kosovo, where more than 6 different communities live next to each other.

Furthermore, the Summer Camp was run with the objective for youth to get better know each other, continue building trust and overcome stereotypes. The young women and men could discover different types of music, teach each other some words in their own language and try to use them during the Summer Camp time. They could notice what are the similarities and differences between their different communities and reflect on how important is to meet with people with different origins. In addition, the teambuilding activities between the youth were facilitated by the fact that the participants had already met during the Volunteers days in December 2020 and during their first training in spring 2021.

On the top of proposed activities, the Summer Camp is also an important moment for PLAY trainers to keep a strong link with the volunteers, teach them new methods, and be updated on how volunteers implement the activities with children and if they need any more accompaniment to run them correctly.

Valentina Slavic and Milijana Ilic are our two PLAYers from Lepine who have been participating in PLAY’s activities in Kosovo for one year now. They think that the activities that they learned with PLAY not only made them grow but are also important and helpful for the children in their municipality. Indeed, Valentina and Milija very much enjoy conducting cooperative and collective games for children of different religions and communities in their hometowns.

They say: When the games are over, kids always ask to stay longer and play more with one another. You can witness the creation of new friendships. For them, the most important thing is not one's nationality but to be a good-hearted person and get together to get things done no matter what.

At the end of the Summer Camp, trainers were glad and proud to have been able to run this event despite the challenging COVID situation. Abide Ujkani, a trainer from our team said “I’m happy to have the opportunity to lead activities with youth from different communities for 5 days. I learned a lot from them and, we enjoyed the activities all together that allowed us to connect. Activities such as PLAY organizes make you always feel part of each community”.

The trainers could truly feel that through all the discussions they had with participants, youth could realize that no matter their origins, they always have something positive to share with people from other communities and to learn from them. We let you notice the joy of the participants during the whole summer camp in the picture below. If you wish to continue following their journey, do not hesitate to contribute financially to the next training they will receive in just a few weeks.

 

Heated but friendly discussions
Heated but friendly discussions
Tina and Mia
Tina and Mia
A warm goodbye and thank you!
A warm goodbye and thank you!
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Motivated volunteers during the training
Motivated volunteers during the training

Motivated volunteers during the training

 Motivated volunteers during the training

 Last time when you read about them, they were on the starting blocks, excited to gain new skills and eager to use them in favour of their communities. Today, these 28 young women and men have been empowered with socio-sport leader’s skills, started challenging their stereotypes, and engaging within their communities in promoting cooperation and mutual respect while implementing first series of collaborative and cooperative games and co-organizing citizen events. So, what exactly happened during these three months?

On 31st March, all young volunteers gathered in Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, near Pristina, for a 3-day training with PLAY’s two experienced trainers, Senad Ramani and Abide Ujkani. On the menu? As a main course, the trainers served several interactive training modules based on learning-by-doing approach that enabled the volunteers to master the objectives, the structure and functioning of a collective and cooperative activity & sport for social inclusion, to understand the required knowledge, know-how and interpersonal skills in order to become a great sport leader, and to comprehend and foster child protection during the training and beyond. And as a desert, the youth could taste numerous energizing games, teambuilding activities, discussions, and create new friendships.

The training was concluded by introduction of monitoring tools that will allow the youth and the PLAY team to follow the implementation of the game sessions in the communities and support every volunteer if s/he will need it. Before leaving back to their homes, all young women and men filled a knowledge questionnaire showing the level of understanding of training’s objectives, and shared feedback on the training. Do you want to read some?

Redon Syla, a volunteer from Shtime

 Redon Syla, a volunteer from Shtime

 Redon Syla is a volunteer from Shtime. He liked that through this training he had the chance to meet new people from different communities and create networks with many fellow participants coming from different municipalities of Kosovo. Redon liked the games and especially enjoyed reflecting in the discussion part.

The games were inclusive, and they always had a message for us to think about.”

Milijana Ilic, a volunteer from Lepine

 Milijana Ilic, a volunteer from Lepine

 Milijana Ilic is a volunteer from Lepine, a village near Lipjan/Lipljan. It is the first time she participated in activity from an NGO. Milijana expressed that she liked every bit of the training, and her time there made her feel at home, a surprising feeling for a shy person as she was before joining the training. Her experience over the training exceeded the expectations she had before starting it. When she was asked about the games and her favourite part, she said that she liked that every game had a part for the players to reflect and discuss. Moreover, she enjoyed that during the game, the volunteers had the chance to meet one another.

 “We were all one,” she states.

 After the training, the volunteers began to put in practice the cooperative and collaborative games they have been trained in, within their communities. As such, children from Graçanicë/Gracanica, Lipjan/Lipljan, Obiliq/Obilic or Plemetinë/Plemetina could enjoy physical activities and learn in a fun way how cooperation and collaboration can lead us to better results. Also, we should not forget to mention that several of these motivated youngsters participated in citizen and awareness raising events in Graçanicë/Gracanica, at the occasion of Children’s Day, and in Obiliq/Obilic for promotion of Sustainable Development Goals.

An activity run by volunteers in Obiliq/c

 An activity run by the volunteers in Obiliq/c

 What are the next steps? When we will report to you in September, our motivated young volunteers will have participated in summer camp that will be held in August, most probably in beautiful mountains around Dragash/Dragaš. And what will be the topic this time? Change of mindset! We hope that you are as excited as our volunteers and staff to see, hear and read the outcomes of these 5 days waiting for us. If you would like to participate financially in this transforming activity, we would be immensely grateful.

 Thank you very much for your kind support.

Redon Syla, a volunteer from Shtime
Redon Syla, a volunteer from Shtime
Milijana Ilic, a volunteer from Lepine
Milijana Ilic, a volunteer from Lepine
Activity run by the volunteers in Obiliq/c
Activity run by the volunteers in Obiliq/c
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The new team of enthusiastic young volunteers
The new team of enthusiastic young volunteers

Even though 2020 has been and perhaps will always be characterized as one of the most difficult years we modern humans have faced collectively, for a small group of youngsters in Kosovo, it would be the year where they have found each other and formed an alliance in a joint mission and passion of helping the future generations, the children of their country.

The vision behind this training is to bring together members of the most vulnerable groups in the country and empower them to become the youth change-makers in their communities, hopefully, aiding in community empowerment and education overall.

Kosovo has many facets of cultural diversity, each one more fascinating than the other. At the same time, the country has many facets of welfare cross-cutting through all the diversity, however, tends to overlap with certain particularly disadvantaged ethnic groups. In this context, three of the most vulnerable communities are regarded to be the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities of the country. Given the patriarchal cultural roots in the region, even more vulnerable are the girls and women belonging to these communities. Despite social, economic, and political difficulties these communities face, we as an organization have always found the most ambitious and the most devoted young volunteers among them.

After a dynamic advertisement and promotion period, we were able to bring together a number of young volunteers from these diverse backgrounds, who expressed keenness on becoming active members and cornerstones for educational promotion within their communities. By enrolling on our training programme, these resourceful youngsters signed up to learn the cutting-edge methods of using sports activities and games for children’s education.

Our first pleasure in serving this enthusiastic group and commencing the training was in late December where we invited all the participants to meet each other and enjoy the volunteer’s day programme we had prepared for them.

Playing games and getting to know each other and the programme, the young volunteers visited the Gadime Cave, a famous natural history site of the country together. Within the atmosphere of the end of the year festivities, our young volunteers shared with us their wishes for the upcoming year.

We bet that Endrita’s words reflect the wishes of the millions of people around the world: “Seeing how 2020 has been and how it has blocked all our roads, I would love to see a 2021 free of the worries of this past year and a return to our somewhat normal lives. I wish health for all people and wish as much love, hugs, positivity and smiles as possible. I wish we only have to deal with pleasant things and the past be the past. We shall never give up!”

These 20 young volunteers will begin their training in March 2021. After being equipped with super useful and super entertaining tools, they will gather up the children in their communities and have some good, educational fun with them while promoting cooperation and mutual respect. Later this year, the whole group of youngsters dispersed all throughout the country, will come together again for a summer camp where they will be adding some more means to their set of skills which will turn them into an even more specialized young trainer for their communities.

We are immensely excited to continue growing together with our communities and are determined to maintain the shining of the light, despite all the darkness.

Thank you very much for your kind and generous support!

Let's get the training adventure begin!
Let's get the training adventure begin!
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