PAL-Pic16 April 2014 – Amman, Jordan: Today marks the seventh anniversary of Generations For Peace since being founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein. From its inception in 2007, Generations For Peace has trained and mentored more than 8,400 volunteer leaders of youth in 50 countries and territories in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. With continued support, their ongoing programmes address local issues of conflict and violence, and have touched the lives of more than 215,000 children, youth and adults.

Generations For Peace uses sport as an entry point to engage with children and youth, and their carefully-facilitated sport-based games provide a vehicle for integrated education and behaviour change. In addition, the organisation has developed arts, advocacy, dialogue, and empowerment activities to support conflict transformation in different contexts. At present, it is the only peace-through-sport organisation officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

By providing unique training and continuous support and mentoring to volunteer leaders of youth, Generations For Peace empowers them to lead and cascade change in their communities, promoting active tolerance and responsible citizenship and working at the grass roots to address local issues of conflict and violence. Their ranking in the “Top 100 NGOs in the World” for 2013 by The Global Journal is a testament to the hard work the volunteers carry out every day on the ground. Within this assessment, non-governmental organisations are evaluated against three criteria: innovation, impact, and sustainability.

Commenting on the accomplishments to date, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, said: “We have achieved a great deal since our humble beginnings seven years ago, but we would not be where we are today without the perseverance and hard work of our dedicated volunteer leaders of youth. Every achievement and success pushes us to work harder, accomplish more and continue to support further programmes in their local communities.“

This month the Generations For Peace Headquarters in Amman will host a Refresher Workshop, conducting training sessions for its Pioneers and Delegates in the newly developed curriculum. In addition, an Advanced Training is scheduled for later this year in October.