With Jordan doing an incredible job of hosting an estimated 1.5 million refugees as a result of the ongoing Syrian crisis, the Kingdom’s National Olympic Committee is playing its part by promoting the values of sport to its guests
The Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC)’s Olympic Values Education Programme was introduced to a number of young females participating in a project run by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), during a week-long workshop held at the UAE-funded camp in Azraq.
The Olympic Values workshop educated participants about the Olympic Movement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the work of the JOC, to increase highlight the role that sport can play in improving daily life at the camp.
“The JOC has a vision for sport and healthy living to play a role in the lives of all Jordanians, but that also includes our guests who are staying with us during these turbulent times,” said Narin Hajj Tass, JOC Knowledge, Training and Education Department Manager.
“By working with organisations like the NRC and others who are concerned about the wellbeing of our residents, we can all make a difference.”
“Sport can help to improve the lives of people who have arrived with literally nothing but the clothes they were wearing. We target the youth so that their energy and spirit can cascade through the camp and encourage others to benefit. We hope they will be able to create their own initiatives to improve the social environment in the camp.”
During the five-day workshop, there were presentations, interactive sessions and training lectures that linked the Olympic Values to our daily lives.
They were taught new skills and tactics that can be implemented within their own current situations to improve team work through activities that encourage healthy living and sports activity.
This is the second JOC workshop that has been held in cooperation with the NRC, with the the first one held last year for young males in the same refugee camp.