October, 2015

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Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2015

Chailey The First Network School

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Peace Field Football Tournament

Chailey School, Thursday 15th October 2015

Chailey School are the first Network School to kick off the Peace Fields Project (PFP) Tournaments. Assistant Head, Tim Dudgeon, led the way for network schools participating in the PFP, commemorating the First World War and celebrating peace through play. The event will be followed-up with the school receiving a plaque next year twinning Chailey School playing fields with Flanders Peace Fields, Messines, Belgium, site of the First World War Christmas Truces.

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Assistant Head Teacher, Tim Dudgeon, introduces guest speaker Ernie Brennan from the National Children’s Football Alliance.

It was time for Chailey School’s now annual ‘Peace Field Football Tournament’ on Thursday! This tournament is also part of Chailey School’s ongoing commemoration project on ‘Chailey and The Great War’, the school’s continuing links with local primary schools, and also an important nation-wide project with the National Children’s Football Alliance. Local primary schools from Ditchling, Fletching, Hamsey, Wivelsfield, Plumpton, Newick, Barcombe and Danehill all played with enthusiasm and considerable skill, with both sporting competition and fair play being key parts of the afternoon. Mr Dudgeon, Assistant Headteacher at Chailey School, welcomed Ernie Brennan, Managing Director of the NCFA, to start the event with a ceremony of handing over a ‘Poppy Ball’, marking the school’s playing fields twinning with Flanders Peace Field and the Peace Village at Messines in

National Children's Football Alliance's Ernie Brennan presents Chailey School with a Peace Poppy Ball to kick off the Peace Fields Tournament

National Children’s Football Alliance’s Ernie Brennan presents Chailey School with a Peace Poppy Ball to kick off the Peace Fields Tournament

Belgium (site of the 1914 Christmas Truce). The nation-wide Peace Field Project has invited schools not only to commemorate World War One and the Christmas Truce but also to celebrate peace through reflecting on a moment in history that inspires humanitarianism, and Chailey School is proud to be at the forefront of this and one of the first schools to be involved.

The afternoon, organized by Chailey’s Ms Davey, and refereed and run by the school’s Year 9 Junior Sports Leaders, saw some great football being played in a sporting spirit. In the end, Ditchling won the Year 3 and 4 competition (Wivelsfield and Fletching the Fair Play Award) and Hamsey the Year 5 and 6 (with Plumpton and Hamsey winning the award for Fair Play at that level).

Posted by: | Posted on: October 13, 2015

A Peace Field In The Congo

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Joey, son of Claudia and Jake, River of Hope, is presented a Peace Fields Poppy Ball from International Children’s Football Alliance’s Abhijeet Barse (CEO, Slum Soccer, India) at the Football Is More, International Forum, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.  Mum, Claudia, writes;Presentation in the Congo_w300_h169

Dear all Greetings from Sanga Mamba Where Jake had a speech at 7am Morning Réunion in Front of 500 Students of Don Bosco.

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Joey Is handing over the ball to Marina. They are both 14 years old but she is an orphan.

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On the last picture you see Jake with Jean Marie Vianney Nshombo the founder of Ciperfoot and head coach.

Kind regards Claudia Doron, Founder of River of Hope.

Posted by: | Posted on: October 13, 2015

A Peace Field In The Punjab

Kick For Tolerance A Pan-Punjab Peace & Youth Development Initiative.

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Why we work. India and Pakistan are the protagonists of a severe and deep rooted conflict which has its origins in the bloody partition of British-India in 1947. Beyond military disputes, the conflict is effective on a societal level till today and consequently inhibits the development of neighbourly relations. The divided Punjab has been and is till today a central scene of the conflict. Drug routes starting in Afghanistan pervade the region severely affecting the youth. Especially in rural areas of the Punjab less effective public school systems limit the employability of young generations on both sides of the Pan-Punjabi border. Child labour and gender discrimination are virulent issues in the region. Finally, the lack of education and mobility as well as the lack of exchange and access to enriching social networks perpetuate negative perceptions “of the other side”. Beyond the regional context the Punjab can be understood as a key region for a normalization of the Indo-Pak relations at large. Several terrorist groups operating in South-Asia including Afghanistan are based in the region. Enemy images plus the lack of livelihood opportunities make young people prone for fundamentalist propaganda.

Our Goals. Sports-For-Development-and-Peace (S4DP) is one of the most – if not the most – impactful and scalable developmental tool in the areas of youth development and reconciliation. To address the complex situation as outlined above, some of the worlds most experienced and capable NGOs in the field of S4DP have formed a unique partnership to pioneer a peace and development programme in the Punjab called Kick for Tolerance. Among them are indigenous organizations from Pakistan and India as well as partners from Germany. The partners have worked over many years with thousands of children and youth in various social contexts.

The core goals of the projected S4DP programme are:

  • Create mutual respect and tolerance across cultures, borders and religions
  • Increase resilience of youth and young adults against any form of radicalization
  • Increase education levels, impart holistic life skills and create livelihood opportunities for young generations
  • Strengthen gender equality
  • Increase safety in the region through positive and effective impulses from the societal base
  • Initiate bilateral institutional partnerships and collaboration
  • Introduce and anchor sports based, experiential learning concepts in public school curricula

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The Programme. Addressing the conflict from the societal base, the projected programme will follow a child centred approach working in collaboration with schools from deprived communities in the border region. It will take girls and boys from both sides from the age of 10 years onwards on a journey through their childhood. Qualified Youth Mentors from the same communities will deliver a sports based, experiential curriculum which will impart values and strengthen social competencies. Stepwise and cautiously the children, their families, schools and communities from both sides will connect and interact. Cross-border youth teams and networks will evolve. The participants will become the main originator of their programme content. They start using new media channels to communicate, start to address relevant issues and to manage and present projects they work on. Holistic life skills based on a robust value foundation are formed, along with the development of career perspectives. On exiting the programme in the age of 16-18 the meanwhile young adults will form a confident, informed and well connected generation that is able to make effective choices. This new generation of young Punjabis will have overcome national or cultural marginalization and will have lived reconciliation. As they grow and as the scalable programme will continuously enlarge its reach, they will be able to reshape society towards a peaceful coexistence and cooperation in the region.

The Curriculum. A strong base of researched and empirically successfully delivered curricula are available through the partners and will be adapted to the specific contexts and needs. One of them is the Football 3 Method (http://www.streetfootballworld.org/football3/) which is also used in the FIFA Football For Hope Programme. Using a football pitch and the elements of sports and play the method creates a positive space for encounter and dialogue and for education on values, such as fair play, democracy and gender. Another resource is the Magic Bus Activity Based Curriculum addressing holistic social and life skills (http://magicbus.org/research).

Entering the programme as “Explorers” in the age of 10 the kids, as well as their families and communities, will develop interest and confidence into the programme and the mentors. Football3 will be the main activity platform in the first phase. Partaking, a positive environment and the facilitation of a sense of success through sports and fair play will foster self-confidence and self-efficacy and will prepare the children to reflect issues and express themselves. Starting in parallel groups on both sides a cross-border interaction will be cautiously and stepwise introduced e.g. by extending greetings,

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The Football methodology also promotes the participation and contribution of girls. Boys learn that girls can be physically and mentally strong and valuable. The early interaction allows the development of a respectful understanding and communication with the other gender. In the specific Pan-Punjabi setting the project will start with separate girl and boy groups, again stepwise introducing cross-gender activities.

In the age range 12-14 the young Explorer-Graduates will be part of the subsequent “Developer-Curriculum” during which they will learn to plan and realize first projects such as sports/school events. The focus is on developing individual interests and talents and on furthering cross-national/intercultural experiences by introducing joint encounter and sports events. First links to international S4D programmes will be established.

After finishing the Developer phase the meanwhile adolescent participants become part of the ”Voyager-Curriculum” which enables them to build networks/teams on cross-cultural and cross-national levels and build global/vocational competencies.

Partners & Pilot. Kick For Tolerance is an unparalleled peace & youth development initiative for the region. It is borne by professional, acknowledged and indigenous NGOs from India (www.yfcrurkakalan.org; www.magicbus.org) and Pakistan (www.sudhaar.org.pk) with vast experience. It is supported by some of the most experienced German and international S4D organizations in this sector contributing on both, programmatic and management levels. An international programme dimension shall be introduced by cross-connecting with other S4D programmes.

A three year pilot with 100 participants, 50 children from each side, is conceptualized and ready to be launched. The UN has accredited Kick For Tolerance through its Office on Sport For Development and Peace. First and acknowledged funders have joined in. We are in the process of organizing co-funding solution and invite interested stakeholders to approach us.

Contact & Information. Kick For Tolerance e.V. Munich/Germany

Clifton Rajesh Grover, CEO info@kickfortolerance.org +49 (0) 179 13 61622

 

Posted by: | Posted on: October 8, 2015

ICFA Peace Field Projects

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Abhijeet Barse (right) presents a Peace Poppy Ball to Claudia Doron’s (River of Hope, CEO) son for the Republic of Congo’s Peace Fields Project. The One World Play Project Peace Ball was presented outside the FIM International Conference.

Abhijeet Barse, CEO, Slum Soccer, represented the International Children’s Football Alliance at Football Is More’s International Forum, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. Abhijeet presented the International Peace Fields Project to an invited audience many of whom were custodians of football in their respective countries.  

Slum Soccer exists to foster sustainable development within otherwise marginalised populations of India. Abhijeet, says, ‘we aim to provide long term solutions to combat rife homelessness and improve living standards within underprivileged areas. Our approaches are centred on building self-sufficient communities. The game of Football is our means to that end- connecting individuals, teaching life skills and working towards improving overall quality of life.

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Abhijeet Barse presents the International Children’s Football Alliance’s Peace Fields Projects at Football Is More’s International Forum in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.

The Peace Fields Projects  will enable Slum Soccer coaches, participants and volunteers, to establish peace pitches across India. The PFP will educate young and older people the value of sports at all levels. Remembering the soldiers of the First World War is important way to contextualize a part of history that defines humanity in everyday life.

The Christmas Truces of 1914 are acts of human kindness and the stories lend themselves to everyday people from all cultures and backgrounds. We are looking forward to launching a Children’s Football Alliance (CFA) in India.  Slum Soccer invites child focused agencies across India and the world to support the formation of an Indian CFA which through sharing best practice we will be in a stronger position to deliver funded projects to communities in need.

Contact: Slum Soccer