The Integration Programme is an integrative sport-based, sociocultural and educational programme that provides the most underprivileged, out-of-school local children of the Canaan zone with opportunities to discover and practice different sports, receive an education and facilitate their integration in school and society.
This programme fully illustrates the power of sport to change for the best the lives of young people. It aims to reduce the opportunity gap by providing valuable tools and foundations to the children in order to facilitate their integration in the school setting and practice different sports and physical activities.
This 8-months programme provides a unique chance for underprivileged young people to practice a minimum of three sports per week at the Centre and beneficiate from an educational and sociocultural support. After the programme, the children are ready to appropriately continue their schooling and their sport practice at the Centre.
More precisely, after school on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, two education specialists support the children in their homework and lessons. This tutoring support is followed by values-based education (i.e. the values of Olympism and environmental and social responsibilities), sociocultural education and life skill development courses. To end their afternoon at the Centre, the children have theopportunity to practice different sports and social dancing classes. A lunch is also provided to the participants. Once a week, informatics and English classes are provided in order to initiate the young people to useful communication and technology skills.
To conclude this 8-months programme, an end of session show is prepared and showcased by the children themselves. It includes lectures, sport demonstrations, choreographies, an Olympic values parade and a movie presentation.
The children receive a scholarship from the respective school they will integrate. The Centre provides them with the necessary materials such as books, notebooks and fabric. Using the provided fabrics, uniforms are then created by the parents.
An admission process is used in which the children are selected based on:
a sports and educative tests (i.e. reading, writing, proprioception, flexibility, muscular power, strength and cardiovascular capacity)
an interview with the parents when applicable to evaluate the economic situation
Currently, 26 children (13 girls and 13 boys) have been are selected and take part in the Integration Programme. More precisely, the programmes counts 9 children ages 8-9 years, 9 children ages 10-11 and 8 children ages 12-14.