His Royal Highness, Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan, founder and chairman of the global initiative Peace Through Sport, announced Monday during the 2008 Sport Accord Convention in Athens Greece that the organization’s development plans will begin with an immediate change of name to Generations For Peace.
In a media release His Royal Highness said, “I have been delighted with the progress that Peace Through Sport has made since we launched and hosted the pilot camp in 2007. Over 50 projects are currently planned and being implemented by our pilot camp delegates, ‘Generations for Peace Pioneers’. Those completed so far have been a great success, reaching divided communities in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Sri Lanka and Sudan. This has further encouraged us to step up our global roll-out program to reach more countries and more delegates than ever before to bring together hundreds of thousands of children and young people in communities who need it most”.
Addressing the change of name Prince Feisal said, “however I decided that to realize the full potential of this period of growth will require a more robust name – a name that reflects the future benefits that will come from young people growing up together in peaceful co-existence, infused with the values of peace.
“To find inspiration for what this new name should be I looked no further than speeches made over the years by my late father, His Majesty King Hussein, and later by my brother His Majesty King Abdullah II. Time and again they referred to the importance of Jordan and the world striving to secure peace for the youth of today and for future generations.
“Generations For Peace resonates with everything we are trying to achieve in our global quest. Therefore, with great humility and a long term view, I am proud to honour the Hashemite legacy and announce that, from now on, Peace Through Sport will be called Generations For Peace”.
Plans for the global expansion of Generations For Peace include two training camps for 2008 involving more countries and delegates than ever before, a fund to kick-start delegates’ projects, redevelopment of the training materials to create a modular curriculum in association with leading Academics and the renowned Coaching Association of Canada, a partnership with Relief International Organisation, and Launch of Generations For Peace Institute later this year.
Generations For Peace is being showcased this week during the SportAccord convention.