UNICEF is urging young people to sign up as “peace ambassadors” during this year’s sports tournament for school children which got underway in Darfur today.Almost 8,000 young people aged between 12 and 17 from across Sudan are in El Fashir, the capital of north Darfur, for the next two weeks to take part in the National Schools Competition .
The games are organised by the Ministry of Education with support from UNAMID and UNICEF, under the banner Peace-building and Reconciliation.
During the event, UNICEF Sudan will be launching a campaign to sign young people up as peace ambassadors.
The UN Children Agency hopes that the youngsters who sign the pledge will promote messages of peace and reconciliation in their home communities.
This is the 21st National Schools Competition which is carried out every two years in Sudan bringing students together from across the country.
This year’s event includes debates about peace and conflict-resolution, quizzes, athletic competitions as well as music and dance from different regions of Sudan.
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