30 September 2020

Sport for Development

For Every Child, the right to play, UNICEF has spent more than 60 years advocating for children’s rights, which means a lot of experience with sport and the right of play for children.   UNICEF’s work with sport is grounded in its mission to ensure that every child has the right to play and sport in a safe and healthy environment – a right founded in Article 31 of the Convention on…, UNICEF and Volunteers at the 2nd European Games 2019, UNICEF in Belarus is the non-commercial Social Legacy partner of 2nd European Games 2019 in Minsk.  Both MEGOC and UNICEF recognize sport as a fundamental right of every child all over the world, implementation of which is a guarantee of their harmonious physical, socio-economic and intellectual development.   The partnership is founded on the…, Torch Bearers on behalf of UNICEF, UNICEF in Belarus has nominated 3 children from vulnerable groups to join the Torch Relay held prior to the Games and bear the Torch on behalf of UNICEF — Alexei Gaponchik, winner of the Fair Play award at the National football tournament for children deprived of parental care; Yuliya Stefnyak,a full-time university student with cerebral palsy and…, Sport is for everyone, In UNICEF we believe that sport is more than competitions or entertainment. Sport can have a positive effect on one’s body and mind. It builds strength, boost confidence and teaches independence.   The popularity of sport makes it a wonderful tool to attract, mobilize, inspire and engage children and adolescents in other activities with far…, Development of Amateur Sport,   Healthy lifestyle extends to addressing mental health problems. Most recent research by UNICEF has found that an alarming 26% of children in Belarus show symptoms of depression.   Sport is a widely known antidote to depression: it triggers the release of the four so-called happy hormones: endorphins, dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin.   To…, Development of Adaptive Sports,   The importance of both recreational and competitive sports for people with disabilities can’t be overestimated. For formerly able-bodied people who found themselves disabled, sports can serve as a big motivation in the process of rehabilitation and can help alleviate the depression and loss of self-confidence and for those who were born with a…