A young boy at the Sherkole refugee primary school in Asosa, Ethiopia. Photo by: ©UNICEF Ethiopia / 2017 / Tadesse / CC BY-NC-ND

Sport is praised by the United Nations Children's Fund, the German development agency GIZ, and many others for its ability to break down social barriers and discrimination relating to gender, ability, or background — particularly in youth — by bringing people together to work as teams and change perceptions. It also has a positive impact on both physical and mental health, teaches life skills, and can build a child’s confidence to recognize their own potential.

Sporting activities promote obvious health and well-being benefits, but they also offer opportunities for the promotion of equality, social development, conflict resolution, among others.

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  • Lottie Watters

    Lottie Watters formerly covered career and hiring trends, tips, and insights. Lottie has a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.