The out-of-school competitions are an incredible opportunity to foster understanding and cohesion, with students forming teams and playing together, irrespective of ethnicity, religion or ability.
“This is where the Sri Lanka program has huge potential,” explains Felicity Wever, UNICEF Australia Director of International Programs.
"Sport can be a way of bringing together
diverse or separate groups on
common ground in a place they value equally – such as a cricket pitch."
"It’s a way groups can learn teamwork and cooperation and build understanding of one another,” says Felicity.
Sport is often thought of as providing healthy mental and physical development. But it can achieve so much more than this for children and communities. It unites us and can break down barriers, promote participation, alter attitudes and include the excluded – on and off the field.