UNOSDP 8th Youth Leadership Camp in Tokyo

UNOSDP 8th Youth Leadership Camp in Tokyo - January 2014


The UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (MEXT) held the 8th Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) in Tokyo.


Thirty young women and men aged 18 to 25 from Asia and Israel, took part in this edition of the camp. The purpose of the UNOSDP YLC is to bring together young community leaders in the field of sport for development and peace and provide them with additional theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Upon their return to their home countries, participants would be able to further improve the conditions in their own communities.


Budo for Peace representatives were Semapi Dror Zigel from Paul Hakim's Dojo in Ra'anana and Sempai Dor Shaty from Uri Wolf's Dojo. 


Youth Leadership program was conceived in order to support youth by giving them access to theoretical and practical training needed to improve both their projects and their own professional progress, and by supporting them once they go back to their communities.


“Sport has the power to change the world,” Mr. Lemke is convinced. Dor Shaty, a camp participant representing the Israeli NPO Budo for Peace, agrees. “Seeing the positive effects that practicing martial arts has on children is amazing!” he states, adding that he endeavors to strengthen the personalities of the children he works with and to teach them virtues such as tolerance through these sports. Shaty especially appreciated learning about how to adapt martial arts for teaching them to persons with disabilities, adding “I know that they, too, can practice martial arts”.


The Tokyo camp ended on Thursday 30 January


You can read more about the activities in the camp on their facebook page


Here are some photos capturing Dror's experience in the peace camp: