PEACE LETTER PRESS RELEASE
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PEACE MAKERS FOR THE FUTURE DELIVER LETTER TO STORMONT MONDAY 3RD APRIL 2023
THE PEACE LETTER
Monday 3rd April, 2023.
FOOTBALL MAKES OUR SHARED HISTORY LETTER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
This letter is on behalf of the 16 peace pitches, 2000 FMOSH participants and over 200 project researchers (Ambassadors for Peace) represented from their respective schools and community groups across Northern Ireland.
After conducting our research projects and having presented our collective evidence at the FMOSH debate and discussion, facilitated at Queen’s University, Belfast, on the 17th of November 2022, we collectively assert that play is without a doubt the best way to celebrate peace.
In the light of our findings and with the unanimous agreement of all participants, the project’s Ambassadors for Peace decided to present all parties at Stormont with this peace letter, a letter that requests all parties to pledge to ensure that all sports authorities come together to promote and celebrate peace through play, in all our schools, on every anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement on 10th April, and on the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, 21st September.
We demand to celebrate peace through play. We ask all parents, teachers, sports coaches and our governments, to endorse the power of play.
We deserve lasting peace.
On behalf of all the children of Northern Ireland.
Football Makes Our Shared History’s Ambassadors for Peace.
‘Football Makes Our Shared History is a unique and powerful venture. By using the fun and the friendship acquired through sport, it changes the future of young people’s lives and of wider society too’
Professor Richard English, Queen’s University Belfast
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