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- Author : SEBAHATTIN Devecioglu - Category : Symbolic action   Firat University

Firat University


Peace Ball Project

Peace Ball Project, which was developed based on the voluntariness  of Assoc.Prof. Sebahattin DEVECİOĞLU, an academician from  Firat University, Sports Sciences Faculty, Elazig, Turkey   giving away “Game Balls” as presents to children.

The main purpose of the “Peace Ball Project” is to express that sports has no discrimination of religion, language or race, emphasize that sports is a shared value of mankind and ensure “ Peace, Friendship and Brotherhood” by sports.

Moreover, within the activities accomplished in the project, an additional campaign will be started to provide sports equipment to male and female children who are interested in sports in the region by creating an awareness about “Children’s right to play” and drawing the whole world’s attention and interest to kids residing poor districts

UNICEF is making effort for reaching 43 million children in worldwide. Because of many children has the same right to thrive, play, and practice sports

Articles from “Rights of the Child” which went into effect in 2nd of September 1990 and signed by 193 countries;  

Article 31/1 “States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”

Article 31/2States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.”

Within the framework of The Article 59 of Turkish Republic’s Constitution “The State shall take measures to develop the physical and mental health of Turkish citizens of all ages, and encourage the spread of sports among the masses. The state shall protect successful athletes”;

In addition to these articles; Within the “Peace and Sports” understanding, a common goal which was accepted by International Olympic Committee and UN, UNESCO, UNICEF, European Union, Governments, Municipalities, Sports Federations, Universities and Non-Governmental Organizations is; “to achieve more accessible and sustainable sports on neutral and safe grounds, to provide development in underdeveloped regions, to eradicate poverty and inequality, to contribute to education, to convey sport’s role in education, health, social, cultural and economics to masses by encouraging lifelong sports and healthy life culture

                Please contact us, if you would like to give away a ball as a present to a child or if you have children who need a ball around you.

“We are  inviting the whole mankind to this meaningful project with the wishes of ending the wars in the world and sustaining the peace”

 "Sports is not only considered as a superiority of physical capability. Perception, intelligence and morality assist it as well. The strong with less intelligence and comprehension can not cope with the less strong but with sufficient intelligence and comprehension. I like the sportsman who is intelligent, agile as well as morally upright". Gazi Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK

Assoc. Prof. Sebahattin DEVECİOĞLU

Peace Ball Project Coordinator

Sponsor : Ekospor 

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Firat University

Firat Universitesi, 23119 Elazığ/Elazig Province, Turkey
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