This weeks blog is written by Thobani Khumalo, PPI-SA LDP Co-ordinator, who attended the PPI LEAD4PEACE Summer Camp in Cyrus.
The 2016 LEAD4PEACE Camp that took place in Cyprus was one of a kind. The camp empowered young people from across the world, who were leaders in their own right, to enhance their knowledge about leadership and peace building. PPI-SA was able to send 5 participants to take part in the camp. They all had life changing experiences and left the camp more confident in their leadership skills. The camp was packed with leadership activities; basketball sessions and site quizzes that helped participants learn more about each of the PPI sites.
They participated in leadership and basketball activities that broadened their mindset and
through these activities they learnt from their peers who have diverse experiences. All four of the participants from PPI-SA who attended the camp share their thoughts on the camp below:
“It’s was great for me to hear about what happens in the other sites around the world and to be able to make new friends. I really hope to go to another leadership camp in the future.” Nomfundo Ngcobo.
“I felt like we had more in common with the people in my team and this made me feel more comfortable. What made me really happy was that my team selected me to win the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award. I felt so appreciated.” Meagen Montiere
“I met a lot of people and I gained more knowledge about others PPI sites. My teammates were great and always supportive even when you made a mistake or missed a shot they did not point fingers or shout at me. This was one of the lessons I will take back with me and apply in my team to help our team be better.” Ayanda Dlamini
“It was hard for me to bond with the other guys, because I didn’t know if they would be accepted. My roommate helped me to unlock my suitcase, and that helped me come out my shell. Once the camp started and we had to work in teams, I started making friends.” Thetha Nxumalo.
The Summer Camp was generously made possible by Laureus and the Erasmus+ program