POSTED: July 10th 2012

Generations For Peace: Olympic Torch Relay and debate strengthens ties to Oxford University

Prince Feisal Al Hussein (holding the Olympic Torch), with Princess Sarah Al-Feisal, and University of Oxford Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes / Generations for Peace
Prince Feisal Al Hussein (holding the Olympic Torch), with Princess Sarah Al-Feisal, and University of Oxford Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes / Generations for Peace

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

July 10 - Prince Feisal Al Hussein and Princess Sarah Al-Feisal attended a festive gathering of Oxford University guests and scholars for a lively debate and the Olympic Torch Relay dinner at Rhodes House. In 17 days’ time the Torch will find its way to the Opening Ceremony in London.

The debate was focused on “Harmony and Health: How far can sport provide the solutions” and included a stellar line-up of dignitaries. University Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, welcomed Sir Roger Bannister and Lady Bannister, Olympic gold medallist Dr Stephanie Cook MBE, Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association Dr David Hemery CBE, journalist and presenter Brough Scott MBE, US Olympic rowers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, as well as a number of University of Oxford academics, alumni and experts in the field. The Winklevoss brothers are also well known as the original visionaries of the Facebook online social network when they were attending Harvard University in the USA.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, Prince Feisal, said about the event, “Tonight, we are all here because of our links to sport and the University. My brother, His Majesty King Abdullah II, and I are both committed to the peace building legacy of our late father, HM King Hussein. He was an avid sportsman, and nurtured in us a love of sport, respect for one’s opponent and fair play, and graciousness in victory and defeat.

“I am proud to carry on my father’s work through the organisation I founded in 2007, Generations For Peace, combining peace, education and sport, and empowering youth to lead change in communities experiencing different forms of conflict and violence.”

The Generations For Peace organization has a strategic partnership with the prestigious British University and sponsors three extremely promising and talented students from Oxford are engaged in field research into programs in several different countries.

Generations For Peace President, Princess Sarah commented, “Our partnership with the University of Oxford is one of the key elements of our strategy that will allow us to connect academics with practitioners on the ground.

“The research and development led by our scholars at Oxford will enable us to identify and share knowledge and best practices across our own programmes and the wider peace building community, helping to achieve and promote greater innovation, quality, impact and sustainability.”

Generations For Peace was started in 2007 and has trained and mentored almost 6,000 pioneers from more than 45 countries around the world reaching out to over 90,000 children and youth.

Keywords · Prince Feisal of Jordan · Princess Sarah Al Feisal · Oxford · Torch Relay

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