Children kick off the marathon weekend in Skopje running for Schools free of Violence

26 July 2018
A big group of children running at the Mini Marathon
UNICEF/2018/Georgiev

SKOPJE, 5 May 2018 – On Saturday, 5 May over 500 children from all elementary schools in Skopje opened the marathon weekend at the 2018 “Children’s Mini Marathon” with a message on the need to create schools free of violence.

This is the second year that UNICEF is partnering with the Union of Sports of Skopje, the organisers of the Wizz Air Skopje Marathon, to engage the wider community in causes important to children’s health and wellbeing.

“Engaging in sport activities is a great way to channel energy and boost virtues such as persistence, collaboration, respect for others, healthy competition and self-esteem,” said Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Representative. “We are pleased that this year’s Children’s Mini Marathon is bringing attention to the need foster the same virtues in education to address violence in schools.”

According to UNICEF, violence in schools reflects what is happening in the home and wider community.  Safe schools do not just happen; they are created and sustained by people dedicated to ensuring positive, respectful relationships and environments. This requires action from children, teachers, school staff, parents, and the wider community. 

“Sport has the power to attract and motivate people, to bring attention to important issues and to include everyone,” said Kire Sinadinovski, Wizz Air Skopje Marathon Race Director. “This is the spirt of the Children’s Mini Marathon – to give children a chance to be involved and to bring attention to issues important for them.”

The 2018 “Children’s Mini Marathon” started at 10:00 am on Saturday, 5 May at the Park Avionche, in Novo Lisiche Skopje.  Legendary female marathon World Record Holder, Paula Radcliffe from Great Britain was present to officially open the event. 

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