This past weekend, children from Cyprus and Norway took part in a three-day leadership retreat in Agros. PeacePlayers’ Fellow Ryan Hage gives his account of the event.
One can lead in many different ways. They can be the captain of a sports team or the person that organizes a club at a school. No matter what type of leader someone is, it is important to be a role model for others. This past weekend we were lucky enough to host a group of young adults from Norway along with children from both the North and South of Cyprus to start a new one-year program – Lead 4 Peace.
The weekends main focus was to teach the children the concept of community service. Former Managing Director, Marina Vasilara, and consultant of PPI – Cyprus, Nadia Karayianni, led three interactive sessions with the kids to teach them about this subject and to help them figure out what they can do in their own communities to help out.
The aim of teaching them about community service was to help the kids identify a problem in their own community, and then create an action plan or project to help with that problem. Over the course of the next 12 months, they will develop their own project and implement it in their own community.
In addition, the kids took part in basketball drills and games over the three days with PPI-ME’s Vito Gilic, who we were fortunate enough to have for the retreat. Basketball is a great medium to meet others and the Norwegians and Cypriots quickly became friends as they worked together on and off the court. Their common passion for the game became the ice-breaker for kids from two different parts of the world. The kids really enjoyed learning about a different culture and making new friends!