UN certifies 600 youth in violence prevention programme through sport

Projeto do UNODC visa a prevenir a violência por meio das práticas esportivas. Foto: UNODC

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will convene next Monday (2) the training of young people in the "Vamos Nessa" Programme, focused on preventing violence and crime through sports. Between March and December 2017, the initiative trained about 600 young people between 11 and 17 years old, as well as more than 80 Physical Education professionals in the Federal District and Rio de Janeiro.

The "Vamos Nessa" Programme is a global initiative of the UNODC for the prevention of violence and crime among young people through sports practice. The initiative works with at-risk adolescents with the goal of reinforcing resilience by stimulating the development of life skills.

The action was implemented, for the first time in the world, in Olympic Centers and Villages in the Federal District and Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with the respective Sports Secretaries. Currently, the methodology of the program is being introduced in countries such as South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda, Palestine, Peru and the Dominican Republic.

Throughout ten sessions, the teachers trained by the programme improve the interpersonal skills of the young participants through sports activities applicable to any modality. In this way, topics such as drug use, risk factors, prejudice, and bullying are approached interactively and constructively among the participants.

According to Laura de Morais, aged 11, behavior change after exposure to the methodology, both among participants and between teachers, is perceptible. According to the youngster, stereotypes and machismo in modalities such as futsal have been deconstructed among the classes of the programme.

The ceremony for the conclusion of the course and delivery of certificates for participants will take place from 9 am at the Águas Claras Auditorium of the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center. In addition to about 150 young people, the activity will also be attended by directors and teachers of Olympic Centers and local authorities, such as the Secretary of Sports, Tourism, and Leisure of the Government of Brasília.


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the United Nations agency responsible for crime prevention and criminal justice and drug and substance abuse issues. Established in 1997, UNODC is headquartered in the city of Vienna, Austria, and has offices based in 21 countries. Its main mission is to contribute to the countries' socioeconomic development by promoting justice, security, health and human rights.

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