UNICEF National Ambassador Aleksandar Djordjevic and schoolchildren from Zvezdara municipality team up for the "Sports for All and Fair Play"

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Aleksandar Sasa Djordjevic, UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, and schoolchildren from Zvezdara municipality at the "Sports for All and Fair Play" event

Belgrade, 6 October 2009 – Within the traditional  Children’s Week in Serbia, primary school pupils together with the Belgrade municipality of Zvezdara, the Sports Secretariat of the Belgrade City Assembly  and the UNICEF Office in Serbia  have today  promoting the role of sport in children’s development and its  importance  in preventing violence in schools.

The Olimp Sports Centre has played host to all primary schools located in Zvezdara – the only municipality in Serbia whose primary schools are all involved in the School Without Violence programme. The entire event has been successfully organised thanks to the support of the Belgrade City Government and the Secretariat of Sports.

Under the motto Sports for All and Fair Play, students from all of Zvezdara’s primary schools have been trying their hand at basketball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, chess, martial arts and dancing. To mark the event, Belgrade Sports and Youth Secretary Aca Kovačević, UNICEF Ambassador to Serbia Aleksandar “Saša” Đordjević and representatives of sports clubs in Zvezdara discussed the possibility of increasing children’s involvement in sports activities and encouraging their participation in sport on a greater scale.

“Children are naturally drawn to games, recreation and sports. It is one of the basic rights of the child. Sport is of great importance for children and their education, and regular physical activity is a basis for children and young people’s physical, psychological and social development. The State has recognised the importance of school sports for the prevention of violence. It is the responsibility of municipalities, schools, parents and sports clubs operating in schools to enable all children to take part in sport. Playing sport will help children acquire various skills and gain a sense of cooperation, understanding, teamwork and logical thinking. Through sports, they learn how to share, follow the rules and respect each other“, said UNICEF National Ambassador  Aleksandar Sasa Djordjevic.

The friends  of this event – Adidas, NEXT juices and Rosa Water – provided the  props and drinks for all the participants.

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Schoolchildren from Zvezdara Municipality at the "Sports for All and Fair Play" event

Sports for All and Fair Play

Sport and sports programmes play a significant role in children’s development. They help children learn about teamwork, discipline and respect, allowing them to acquire the skills necessary for their  better future. It is also an opportunity for them to gain an adequate grounding for the challenges they will face when creating a safe environment.



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