The foundation will use sports children are passionate about as a tool to educate them about global issues of concern to humanity and encourage them to relate to others and be agents of change from a young age. This will be done with the help of professional clubs playing junior clubs who inspire to become professionals in their chosen field of sports.
Sports as a tool will:
1. Empowering children to help others and creating a sense of community across different cultural, religious and other contexts.
2. Informing and educating children in a setting they are already passionate about.
3. Offering children a platform to speak up and connect to others.
Football is one of the most popular sport and game played around the world. Even where there is conflict, football as a sport can bridge whatever divide is in that community by bringing the different sides together towards the same goal. The game and other sporting activities have been used widely for peace building and also as a reconciliation tool. However, it can also be used as an educational tool for the players as well as spectators (picture copyright: AE Ramassà by Manuel Laguna).
Sports will engage children and make them aware about peace, justice and security and how they can, by knowing, also contribute something positive for change and to better the lives of others affected by conflict or trying to rebuild their societies after conflict.
The children in developed countries will be informed in advance that the tournament is to raise awareness about peace, justice and security. To play, they should also donate their old books, clothes, toys and any other educational equipment to help other children in other parts of the world who have been displaced from their homes because of conflict or can’t afford such items.
At the end of the tournament, the winning team will be presented with a trophy.
Eventually, the foundation plans to host games between the children donating to help and the children being helped. Face to face meetings from an early age can help instil a culture of inclusivity. A way for children to embrace diversity rather than a tool for separation.