According to the United Nations, over 600 million young people across the globe are currently living in “volatile and conflict-prone areas.” The causes of conflict and violence are manifold, such as political tension, drug-related crime or terrorism, and can be locally focused or inter-regional. This situation is compounded by a significant trust gap between young people and their governments and civil society.
Playing for Peace addresses these challenges by strengthening the position of young people in decision-making processes and influencing peaceful conflict resolution towards the creation of peaceful, inclusive societies.
Over the course of three years, young leaders from the participating communities will build strong skills in the areas of leadership, inclusive thinking, non-violent communication and conflict-resolution as well as gain extensive knowledge on the socio-cultural-economic setup of their respective communities and the underlying potential for conflict and injustice.
In addition, these young leaders will be trained as Football for Good coaches through an established, tried-and-tested curriculum. They will become ‘Peace Agents’ and will carry out regular sessions with adolescents between the ages of 15 and 18. As Peace Agents, they will act as role models for other young people and will engage the wider community through a series of events.
Through this, the aim is to increase intercultural competencies among members of the community, giving space for a greater mental openness and inclusion among people with different cultures, races, religions and/or capacities.
To increase open-mindedness and intercultural competencies, young leaders and players will get the opportunity for international exchange through Football for Good events hosted by the project partners.
Playing for Peace kicked off in July 2021 lead by India-based Football for Good organisation YFC Rurka Kalan. Together with 10 other community organisations from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East the project will be rolled out in three yearlong phases.