Opening of Multi-Purpose Sports Field at the Lutheran World Federation Vocational Training Center in East Jerusalem
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On Thursday, 21 April 2016 the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and German Development Cooperation celebrated the opening of a renovated multi-purpose sports field at the LWF Vocational Training Center (VTC) in East Jerusalem. 
Ms. Sabine Brickenkamp, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the Representative Office of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ramallah and Rev. Mark Brown, Representative of the LWF in Jerusalem, officially inaugurated the multi-purpose field together with LWF students, parents, coaches and community representatives.
 
During the opening event, a group of specialized and professional coaches coordinated by Palestine Sports for Life ran various sport activities for students from the LWF VTC as well as youth from neighboring communities with the aim to introduce the VTC as well as the approach of using sports to enhance life skills and social competences. The invitees also attended a tour around the VTC in order to learn about the demands in the labor market, and the vocational education options and different career opportunities.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ms. Brickenkamp said “Our support for the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector in Palestine aims at increasing job opportunities and supporting youth who represent the Palestinian future.” She added, “Today’s opening and our partnership will contribute to providing better and more accessible technical and vocational education measures, and support the efforts toward empowering Palestinian youth. Sport has a great power in this regard!”
 
“The Lutheran World Federation’s Jerusalem Program has been running projects related to health, education, and humanitarian aid in the Palestinian Territories for over 65 years,” said Rev. Mark Brown. He emphasized the importance of the partnership with German Development Cooperation with regard to using sports in the context of education and expressed that “it is a unique opportunity to promote TVET among young people.” Rev. Brown also expressed appreciation for the substantial support for the project provided by Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), Daniel Sullivan and Annelisa Steeber, Barry George, and the Permanent Qatari Committee.
The multi-purpose sports field was chosen as a renovation project in order to provide youth with a safe space to become physically active, get together, and learn more about their career options using sports as a door opener and tool to connect. The renovation was made possible by the German Government.
 
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Sector Programme “Sport for Development” of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements sport activities in the Palestinian Territories in order to raise the attractiveness of vocational training for youth. The programme uses sports for the sake of capacity building, teaching life skills, promoting guidance and outlining career options for marginalized youth. 
Contact: Mr. Talis Zvidrins (Head of Sport for Development in Palestinian Territories) talis.zvidrins@giz.de

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