Publié le 07.04.17
In the framework of the Week of Francophonie and with the support of the French Embassy in Kosovo, PLAY International organized an inclusive sport session on the 22nd of March 2017 for the children of the Primary School "Elena Gjika", in the capital city of Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo.
The activity was implemented by PLAY International’s volunteers from the Sport4Youth Project, which aims at building bridges between youngsters from different communities. The multi-ethnic team, coming especially for the event from the cities of Shtime/Štimlje and Graçanicë/Gračanica, was made of 9 both experienced and new volunteers from the Albanian, Serbian and Ashkali communities (among which 4 girls). In the central square of the pedestrian street “Mother Tereza”, the team of 9 volunteers ran inclusive and collaborative games for around 50 children between 8 and 12 years old, including 27 girls. It was a great moment for the young volunteers who worked together for the first time and with children that they did not know before the event. It was also a joyful moment for the children, who enjoyed themselves a lot and participated enthusiastically.
The French Ambassador, Didier Chabert, and the Head of the Cultural Cooperation of the French Embassy, Cecile Fisteberg, came to visit the activity.
For the Serbian volunteers of Graçanicë/Gračanica, it was also the first time being in the central square of Prishtinë/Priština. The team commented: “It is a great opportunity to visit the city too”. Ergjan Mehmeti, leader volunteer from Shtime/Štimlje, mentioned “it was a very good idea to do activities outside of our own cities”.
A lot of parents, teachers and external people were also part of the event to watch the activities.
Parents had very positive feedbacks. One mother said: “It is great to see our boys and girls playing together, as in the school unfortunately, they almost never play together”. Many parents asked if PLAY International could organize this kind of sport activities more often.