Two activists from the Korean Sharing Movement (KSM) participated in the international training camp at the University of Brighton in England. This is the account of the experiences of Doo Ri Yang and Keun Young Jang. The original, Korean version can be found on the KSM website click here.
“You might be thinking, ‘Why the UK? Just to play football?’. To introduce you briefly – F4P is a program initiated in 2001 to allow Jewish and Arab children in Israel to better understand each other and resolve conflicts through football. Our group, KSM, drew inspiration from this and have also been running a program called ‘Children’s Football and Peace Class’. Through this, children are able to learn about trust, respect, responsibility, justice and engagement, which, in turn, allows us to seek for peace between South and North Korea.
Chelsea Children’s Camp is one of the oldest community projects at the University of Brighton, working with disadvantaged children to offer a chance to spend some quality time with their peers, positive role models and university staff and have fun through different exercises and activities.
Travindy, a blog about responsible tourism, have interviewed our partners at the Sandele Eco Retreat in The Gambia. Geri and Maurice, who set up the Sandele Foundation in order to support local environmental and economic development by facilitating locally owned environmentally friendly solutions, talked about their work, peer to peer (P2P) training for the locals, cooperation with the University of Brighton as well as Football 4 Peace.
F4P organised another Challenge camp for primary school children from the local area. The camp took place between 22 and 26 August 2016 with 57 children and was funded by the University of Brighton’s Widening Participation scheme.
The second F4P Korea Training Camp at Seoul National University Korea, took place between 22 and 25 July in partnership with Korean Sharing Movement (KSM).
Football 4 Peace are opening up the annual International Training Camp to individuals and organisations working in sport coaching, physical education and youth work and wish to develop co-existence programmes. The Training Camp will take place between 17 and 21 September at the University of Brighton Eastbourne and Falmer campuses. Please find the F4P ICE Application Form and return it no later than 20 August to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form is used also for health and safety, risk assessment and child protection.
F4P has a long history of working in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where peace education is of vast importance due to the sectarian conflict between Irish and Northern Irish communities. In April 2016, F4P worked together with The Peace Link to deliver values-based and life skills coaching methodology to students, NGO and sport governing bodies representatives.
F4P International celebrated the third consecutive International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) together with their international partners to celebrate the power of sport and raise awareness about the role of sport in building better society.F4P partners in Korea and Gambia have been raising the ‘white card’ as a call for peace. The initiative is a part of IDSDP global campaign run by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace.