Sochi 2014 volunteer receives Generations For Peace award
Saturday, 20 October 2012
October 20 - Sochi 2014 volunteer and Generations For Peace Pioneer Pavel Voloshchuk has been presented with a special award at the Samsung Generations For Peace Awards.
The Russian native (pictured top) was presented with the Award for Quality by the founder and chairman of Generations For Peace Prince Feisal Al Hussein following five days of Advanced Training in Amman.
Voloshchuk's programmes focus on working with 400 children and young people from more than 100 different ethnic groups in Sochi to build peace through sport-based activities ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in the city.
His planning, attention to cascading information and responsiveness to feedback have ensured outstanding quality and secured this award win.
"In Sochi, where more than 100 different ethnic groups live together, I wanted to implement a programme to help leaders of youth address conflict and use advocacy to spread a message of tolerance in the lead up to the Sochi 2014 Games," said Voloshchuk, who is currently studying tourism at Sochi State University.
The award comes after Sochi 2014, Generations For Peace and Sochi City Administration teamed up to support peace building activities in the Russia, Central Asia and the Balkans as part of the ground-breaking Sochi 2014 Legacy Today programme.
This partnership is harnessing the power of the Games to promote sustainable peace by supporting youth volunteers, trained in the Generations For Peace curriculum, to implement programmes in their own communities.
Voloshchuk's programmes are now being delivered in conjunction with Sochi City Administration, with which he already has strong links as he is a volunteer team leader for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
He has previously volunteered to assist at the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Games, the ISF European Cup in Alpine Skiing, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission visits to Sochi, and the APEC Summit in Vladivostock.
He has also led the Sochi Mayor's Youth Council since December 2011.
In total, over 100 delegates from Russia and 11 other countries were trained at Generations For Peace Sochi Camps in 2010 and 2011.
A series of programmes in Sochi and Krasnodar began in August 2012 which aim to cascade Generations For Peace values, skills and techniques for managing and transforming conflict.
Other programs are also progressing this year in Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, and Ukraine.