Partner – The National Olympic Committee of Lithuania
Duration – 2017–2021
Regions – Klaipėda, Šalčininkai and Visaginas
Sport is a unique tool for the transformation and development of personal skills, helping to forge ties between different social and cultural groups, bring joy into people’s lives and provide social and cultural value to communities. The Dreams & Teams project was developed in the UK by the Youth Sport Trust and the British Council. It employs sport to develop the essential 21st century skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and collaboration, creativity, leadership, personal growth and teamwork.
In Lithuania, this project brought teachers and students together from different schools. The first phase of the project was training specifically designed for students and teachers. During the training and teamwork activities, the participants were introduced to the contemporary skills necessary for sports’ leadership. After completing the courses, students planned and delivered educational workshops for their school communities, covering topics such as diversity and inclusion, Olympic and democratic values, and healthy living. The final Dreams & Teams events were organised by the participants and united the schools, as well as the wider communities of the regions involved.
Participants of the project noted that the sports-based activities helped to improve their communication skills, value the opinions of others and solve emerging challenges. Most importantly, through shared activities and experiences, the project drew different school communities closer together and fostered long-term collaborations.
Over its four-year duration, the project engaged:
- around 2,800 school community members who developed their networks and cooperation between teachers, young leaders and school communities;
- over 300 young leaders (aged 13-16 years) who developed their confidence, leadership and creativity skills, as well as becoming more active within the school environment; and
- 150 teachers who gained new skills in youth empowerment and mentoring.