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World Cup brings youth from France and South Africa together

On Thursday, 10 June 2010, a group of students from France met with a group of West Coast College students from Atlantis for a MOT session. The meeting was made possible with the co-operation between MOT South Africa, Diambars and West Coast College. During the meeting, the students learned about what it means to have courage to live, courage to care and courage to say no. All the participants also explored their strengths, values and life goals and presented themselves to the rest of the group using their life shields.

Diambars, is a French organisation developing young soccer players and has soccer academies in France, Senegal and South Africa (Gauteng). Six youths from France, between the ages of 17 and 19, joined Diambars on a tour of South Africa for the duration of the World Cup. The purpose of their tour is to create a multimedia blog of their tour during the soccer tournament. They are using football as a stepping stone to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds and learn about life.

Amid the excitement of the World Cup, soccer was clearly a common interest that brought the groups together. But soon this interest turned into a curiosity to learn about each others’ lives, challenges, strenghts and goals.

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