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Source: DOSB A training course in Duisburg prepares trainers for project assignments in partner countries of German development cooperation.

What contribution can sport make to the development, education and social support of children and young people in partner countries of development cooperation? On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH organized a sports education training course for trainers from October 23 to 26, 2020 on the subject of “Sport for Development” in the Duisburg / Wedau sports school. The special thing about the cross-sport course: It is not about competitive sport, but about everyday skills and key qualifications. For three days, around 20 trainer instructors and coaches from Germany came together to train themselves in sports pedagogy, learn new teaching methods and exchange experiences. The participants came among others from FC Bayern Munich, VfB Stuttgart, TSG Hoffenheim (soccer) and ALBA Berlin (basketball). In addition to football and basketball, other sports were represented with Ultimate Frisbee, martial arts and athletics. The course included both theoretical units and practical exercises. For example, the participants learned to design needs-based training and further education formats in such a way that communication skills, teamwork, tolerance and empathy are taken into account accordingly. In doing so, they learned how to behave in their role as trainers in a culturally sensitive and context-specific manner. And because international exchange strengthens cohesion, trainers and specialists from partner countries of the BMZ were brought in virtually to report on their practical sporting experience and knowledge. The training took place on the basis of the extensive hygiene concept of the Wedau sports school and in compliance with the current hygiene and distance rules, mostly outdoors and wearing mouth / nose protection. Gerald Asamoah, former DFB national player, supports “Sport for Development” as an ambassador and motivates the participants on site: “I know from my own experience what tremendous power football has. He inspires and connects people, no matter where they come from. In development cooperation in particular, sport can play a meaningful and practical role in many ways. That is why I am happy to act as an ambassador for this important topic. ”The trainers will then be deployed in partner countries of German development cooperation, including Morocco, Colombia, Indonesia, Senegal and Uganda. Background: Sport for Development Under the umbrella of“ Sport for Development ”BMZ, DOSB and DFB support young people around the world through sport. GIZ implements the sports offers in the partner countries on behalf of BMZ. With these sports education offers, children and young people not only learn the basics of sport, but also to take responsibility, to behave fairly and to resolve conflicts peacefully. These are key qualifications and everyday skills that facilitate coexistence or later entry into the professional world. To make this work, BMZ, DOSB and DFB have been training trainers in their partner countries for several years. They are role models and people they can trust, give children and young people a stronger sense of self-worth and help them develop future prospects. As part of the training, they also address difficult topics such as HIV / AIDS prevention, environmental protection or violence against women.


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