UNODC festival approaches the role of sports to prevent crime and drug use

Brasilia, 8 December, 2018 - The Samambaia Olympic Center, administrative region of the Federal District, hosts the Vamos Nessa ('Line Up Live Up', in English)  Festival this Saturday (8), to celebrate this year's conclusion of activities of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) project for youth crime prevention through sports.

The event is being organised in partnership with the State Department of Sports, Tourism and Leisure of the Federal District, with the support of Assis Chateaubriand Foundation (FAC, by its acronym in Portuguese) and the Institute for the Childhood and Adolescence Development for Culture and Sport (IDECACE, by its acronym in Portuguese).

Celebrating the end of 2018 activities, UNODC organizes the sports festival in the Federal District to disseminate the benefits of sports to prevent youth from engaging in crime and violence.

Approximately 450 young from the project in Brasilia will participate in football, futsal, water polo competitions and 'Line Up Live Up' games, inspired by the sessions of the programme. At the end of the event, medals and certificates will be delivered to teachers and participants by UNODC authorities and the government of the Federal District.

Funded by the government of Qatar, the programme 'Line Up Live Up' aims for the promotion of sports to prevent crime and increase the resilience of young living at risk.

Through the programme, teachers and sports professionals teach young people life skills, how to withstand social pressure to face delinquency, how to deal with anxiety and effective communication with colleagues, through a set of fun and interactive activities.

The training programme was implemented and tested for the first time in Brazil in 2017, after the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Federal District government.

The programme is currently being implemented in South Africa, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Palestine and Kyrgyzstan.

In the second half of 2018, UNODC mobilized 24 sports teachers to implement ten sessions of the project with youth from eight Olympic Centres in the Federal District, aiming to target one thousand participants.

This implementation is in the Federal District is being analysed by an independent evaluator to generate evidence on the impact of the program in the lives of the young.

By improving the knowledge about the consequences of crime and substance abuse and by developing life skills, the initiative seeks to positively influence the behaviour and attitudes of youth in risk and to prevent antisocial behaviour.


Closing activities event of the programme 'Line Up Live Up' in 2018

Date: 8 December, 2018 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.).

Location: Samambaia Olympic Centre (Rei Pelé).

Address: QS 119 Área Especial 01, Centro Urbano - Samambaia Sul/Federative District

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