Badminton Por la Paz - Colombia

 “Badminton Por la Paz” (Badminton for Peace) is a collaboration between Peace and Sport and the BWF in Colombia. The project was initiated in February 2011 with seven days of training for 17 'coaches', more than half of these were youth centre leaders who worked in five centres run by NGOs in Colombia. This training was integrated with leadership training delivered by Peace and Sport.
 
“Badminton Por la Paz” is using badminton to promote peace, develop sports skills, enhance opportunities for vulnerable youth and to develop social and personal change through badminton.
 
The BWFs role has been to train and support the Youth Centre leaders so they are able take structured badminton sessions. Apart from the main driver, Peace and Sport, the project was delivered in close cooperation with a whole range of stakeholders including Badminton Pan Am and the Colombian Badminton Federation and YONEX Japan who donated equipment for the project. 
 
 
Partnerships with Non-Government Organisations
Peace and Sport and BWF are working with the following NGO centres in Columbia.
 
NGO Colombianitos, Youth Centre of Bucaramanga: 
  • Use of badminton as a tool for peace education and social (re)integration of vulnerable youth living in slums, displaced youth, victims of a natural disaster.
 
NGO Colombianitos , Youth Centre of Ciudad Bolivar (Bogota): 
  • Use of badminton as a tool for peace education and social (re)integration of vulnerable youth living in slums, displaced youth, victims of guerrilla activities.
 
NGO Colombianitos, Youth Centre of Puerto Tejada: 
  • Use of badminton as a tool for peace education and social (re)integration of vulnerable youth living in a remote rural area.
NGO Fundacion San Antonio, Centre of Belen: 
  • Use of badminton as a tool for peace education and social (re)integration of vulnerable youth living in slums.
 
NGO FFUNDAMOR (Guapi):
  • Use of badminton as a tool for peace education and social (re)integration of vulnerable youth living in a guerrilla stricken area.
 
 
Outcomes
 
The programme to date has been very successful in Colombia.
 
The biggest success has been in a very remote town of Guapi with a population of 30,000. The result of the NGO “FFUNDAMOR” Peace and Sport / BWF project has been phenomenal with the project going well beyond expectations. 
 
Following the training in Bagota of a Youth Leader trained from this NGO in February 2011, he went back home (a 40 hour journey) and trained 18 others who then went to the schools in Guapi. 
 
In this town, they had never heard about or seen badminton and thanks to this activity, over 6,000 children have seen badminton, tried this and experienced this new sport for the first time. 
 
The “FFUNDAMOR” center provides structured training and competitions at their centre and this is open to all interested children interested. 
 
 
Follow Up – 2012
 
In April 2012, the BWF completed a follow up course with a representative from each of the NGOs. This follow up built on the knowedge and skills of the youth Leaders and introduced them to Shuttle Time – BWF’s Schools Badminton Programme.
 
YouTube Video –  Peace Ambassador - Pedro Yang - Badminton Por la Paz 
 
 
Other Peace and Sport / BWF Projects
 
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