Event Title

Sport for development as a tool for social change and cohesion in Kosovo

Session

Sport, Health and Society

Description

In recent years a topic called “Sport for Development” (S4D) has been used by different international organizations as a tool of social change and social cohesion. No poverty, decent work and economic growth, quality education, gender equality and other SDGs (The 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals provided by United Nations members in 2015) have been “tackled” in the 3rd world countries by applying initiatives and ideas through untraditional sport movements. Kosovo as a new developing country has been part of these programs since 2017. It started after the exodus of 2015-16 where a lot of people from Kosovo sold all they had and fled illegally towards Western European countries (Germany, France, Austria etc.) for a better life, but as a result these countries made sure to send these people back where they came from. German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in September 2017 started a project called “Kick-off: Sports activities for potentials development (ASAP) “, where 15 professors, coaches, social workers and students from all around Kosovo got trained on how to use untraditional models of sports to impact in social change, especially how to reintegrate the returnees in everyday life. This was only the starting point of a following path where a lot of trainings, workshops and projects took place in different topics as gender equality, inclusion, quality education and lately employability. Existing and newly established non-governmental organizations in cooperation with international organizations are using S4D in our country as a tool to strengthen individuals, create networks and initiate strategies in order to reach a various set of sustainable development objectives.

Keywords:

Sport for development, social cohesion, sustainable development

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-550-47-5

First Page

1

Last Page

2

Location

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

Start Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2021.68

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Sport for development as a tool for social change and cohesion in Kosovo

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

In recent years a topic called “Sport for Development” (S4D) has been used by different international organizations as a tool of social change and social cohesion. No poverty, decent work and economic growth, quality education, gender equality and other SDGs (The 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals provided by United Nations members in 2015) have been “tackled” in the 3rd world countries by applying initiatives and ideas through untraditional sport movements. Kosovo as a new developing country has been part of these programs since 2017. It started after the exodus of 2015-16 where a lot of people from Kosovo sold all they had and fled illegally towards Western European countries (Germany, France, Austria etc.) for a better life, but as a result these countries made sure to send these people back where they came from. German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in September 2017 started a project called “Kick-off: Sports activities for potentials development (ASAP) “, where 15 professors, coaches, social workers and students from all around Kosovo got trained on how to use untraditional models of sports to impact in social change, especially how to reintegrate the returnees in everyday life. This was only the starting point of a following path where a lot of trainings, workshops and projects took place in different topics as gender equality, inclusion, quality education and lately employability. Existing and newly established non-governmental organizations in cooperation with international organizations are using S4D in our country as a tool to strengthen individuals, create networks and initiate strategies in order to reach a various set of sustainable development objectives.