Playing for Peace

Enabling young people to lead the creation of peaceful societies how

Enabling young people to lead the creation of peaceful societies how

UN estimates suggest that over 600 million young people live in volatile and conflict-prone areas, while every day, 100 civilians – including women and children – are killed in armed conflicts despite protections under international law. Conflict, insecurity, weak institutions and limited access to justice remain threats to sustainable development.

Playing for Peace aims to address these challenges by availing tools for young people to take part in conflict transformation processes towards the enhancing of peaceful, inclusive societies. Young leaders build skills in the areas such as identity, leadership, peacebuilding, political & civic education and media literacy.

Playing for Peace kicked off in July 2021 lead by YFC Rurka Kalan. Together with 9 other community organisations from around the globe, the project is planned to be rolled out in three yearlong phases.

In addition, young leaders are trained as football for good coaches through an established, tried-and-tested curriculum. They become ‘Peace Agents’ and carry out regular sessions with adolescents. As Peace Agents, they act as role models for other young people and engage the wider community through a series of events. To increase open-mindedness and intercultural competencies, young leaders and players participate in international exchange through football for good events hosted by the project partners.




The Goal

Young people play a key role in promoting peace and inclusion in their communities using the power of football.

The Strategy

Equip youth leaders to become Peace Agents and football for good coaches, giving them the tools to tackle topics such as intolerance, social hostilities, systemic inequality and violence in their communities.

How it Works

Playing for Peace uses football-based methodologies to create learning spaces and enable young people to become Peace Agents in their communities.

Challenge

Worldwide, young people witness and are sometimes made actors of armed conflicts and political violence, causing:
Reduced quality of life and well-being
Due to food and climate insecurity, unequal distribution of resources and access to basic services such as health and education
Feeling of Insecurity
Nuclear threat, violent extremism, spreading of hatred, interpersonnel crimes.
Displacement
Millions of people are internally displaced or become refugees each year due to conflicts.

Solution

Support young people to become actors of peace-making processes and avail them the tools to bring the changes they need for themselves and their communities.
Peacebuilding Training
Tools are made accessible for youth to take part in conflict transformation
Youth become Peace Agents
Young leaders are provided with opportunities to grow their skills on democratic values, conflict mediation, root-causes analysis.
Promote intercultural exchange
Young leaders reach out to wider groups in their communities and engage in international exchange through events hosted by project partners.

Impact

The potential of young people is promoted and drawn upon enabling them to become the drivers of a peaceful future for all.
Political and Civic Engagement
A curriculum based on essential skills for building peaceful societies using sports for development methodologies is jointly developed by project partners.
Young Leaders as Peace Agents
The project partners apply the curriculum and methodology, enabling young leaders to become Peace Agents in communal conflict situations.
Peaceful and Inclusive Societies
Young people are availed tools to play a key role in promoting peace and inclusion in their communities
Challenge
Worldwide, young people witness and are sometimes made actors of armed conflicts and political violence, causing:
Reduced quality of life and well-being
Due to food and climate insecurity, unequal distribution of resources and access to basic services such as health and education
Feeling of Insecurity
Nuclear threat, violent extremism, spreading of hatred, interpersonnel crimes.
Displacement
Millions of people are internally displaced or become refugees each year due to conflicts.
Solution
Support young people to become actors of peace-making processes and avail them the tools to bring the changes they need for themselves and their communities.
Peacebuilding Training
Tools are made accessible for youth to take part in conflict transformation
Youth become Peace Agents
Young leaders are provided with opportunities to grow their skills on democratic values, conflict mediation, root-causes analysis.
Promote intercultural exchange
Young leaders reach out to wider groups in their communities and engage in international exchange through events hosted by project partners.
Impact
The potential of young people is promoted and drawn upon enabling them to become the drivers of a peaceful future for all.
Political and Civic Engagement
A curriculum based on essential skills for building peaceful societies using sports for development methodologies is jointly developed by project partners.
Young Leaders as Peace Agents
The project partners apply the curriculum and methodology, enabling young leaders to become Peace Agents in communal conflict situations.
Peaceful and Inclusive Societies
Young people are availed tools to play a key role in promoting peace and inclusion in their communities
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