14 May 2024

Children in Dar’a introduced to kickboxing foster self-confidence

Dar’a city, south Syria - Every child has the right to recreation and play in a safe and healthy environment. Sports can help them develop skills, and foster self-confidence and discipline. In Dar’a, a UNICEF-supported youth-friendly space has conducted 11 kickboxing courses, benefitting more than 200 children and young people, aged 10-24 year,…, “This sport is not only for boys. Girls can play it too. Kickboxing helps them to learn how to improve their fitness and protect themselves,” said Hala, 14., UNICEF/UNI566959/Hussam Dabaan Children stand in 2 lines facing each other with their arms stretched out in front of them. Their instructor is standing between the two lines in a similar position. UNI566940, “When children learn self-defense techniques, they become more confident. Parents are more at ease and less worried when allowing their kids to go out by themselves,” said Zeidan, a kickboxing trainer at a UNICEF-supported youth-friendly space in Dar’a city., UNICEF/UNI566940/Hussam Dabaan Two girls are bent down with hand on the floor while looking up towards their instructor. UNI566941, (Right to left) Silar, 13, and Limar, 12, attending a kickboxing class at a UNICEF-supported youth-friendly space in Dar’a city, south Syria., UNICEF/UNI566941/Hussam Dabaan A boy performs a kick at protective gloves held by a instructor. UNI566933, “I feel more confident and more safe walking in the street as I’ve learned how to protect myself,” said Abdallah, 14., UNICEF/UNI566933/Hussam Dabaan A teenage girl performs a kick towards her instructor. UNI566919, “The course is great for maintaining a good shape and becoming stronger. I encouraged all my friends to attend it,” said Ayat, 14., UNICEF/UNI566919/Hussam Dabaan A group of children pose for the group photo UNI566920, Children attending a kickboxing course at a UNICEF-supported youth-friendly space in Dar’a city, south Syria., UNICEF/UNI566920/Hussam Dabaan A girl wearing a green tracksuit stands ready with her arms drawn ready to perform a punch, which the instructor in front of her holds up his hand with a protective glove for her to punch. Children stand in 2 lines facing each other with their arms stretched out in front of them. Their instructor is standing between…