The Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace Working Group (CYSDP) has grown tremendously within the past year, adding a number of new team members from across the multicultural Commonwealth. While you may be aware of the CYSDP’s mission and vision, it’s important to know who our members are. Every month we’ll introduce a CYSDP member to give you a deeper insight into the lives of youth leaders and practitioners in Sport for Development and Peace (SDP). This month, the spotlight is on Ms Adeola Diya.
Tell us about yourself and the work that you do.
I am a 23 year old young leader from Nigeria and currently the team leader at a sport for development organisation. I help young people understand the power of using sport to promote positive social change via workshops, sporting events, seminars and media engagements whilst advocating for policies in SDP.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in the SDP sector?
Working directly with young people and promoting the ideals of SDP has been one of the biggest achievements for me. Pitching ideas to policy makers and advocating for SDP implementation has been very rewarding. We are able to use games and sport activities to teach young children ICT skills and positive life and social skills.
How has your involvement in the CYSDP enhanced your work?
Working with CYSDP has allowed us to start collaborating with other organisations focused on SDP. This has really given us the platform needed to advocate for the use of sport as a tool to promote positive social changes and address youth development issues. The power of sport to change the world cannot be overemphasised and CYSDP is the opportunity to help propagate the work being done all over the world by its members. I am proud to be one of the changemakers in SDP.
For more information on CYSDP, visit us at:
Website – http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/cysdp/
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Twitter – @CommYouthSDP
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