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UNICEF and Special Olympics in Kosovo work together to develop children’s life skills through sport and play

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James Mugaju, Deputy Head, UNICEF Office in Kosovo (center) with Igballe Potera, President, Special Olympics Kosovo (right), and roundtable participants.

In Kosovo, Special Olympics and UNICEF brought a successful joint Young Athletes project to a close by holding a roundtable to review the seven months of activities. Held 4 December 2017 in Pristina, the meeting brought together UNICEF officials, Special Olympics Kosovo staff, teachers, families, coaches and children to discuss project results. In total 90 children between 5 and 12 years old in Pristina, Fushe Kosova and Mitrovica including those from the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities took part in 32 inclusive sports and play activities. Older school children and parents served as volunteers. “We invested in children to develop life skills so they will have chance to realize who they are and the positive role they can have when they become adults,” said James Mugaju, Deputy Head of UNICEF Office in Pristina. “The 2018 priority is to strengthen cooperation between families/caregivers, schools and communities to continue supporting children’s learning,” he said.

About Me:

Martha Jo Braycich is Senior Director, Community Impact Initiatives, Special Olympics Europe-Eurasia.