Football for Reconciliation
Play31 uses the reconciliatory force of football to unite and develop people and communities that have been torn by war, conflict and disasters.
Football is a unique instrument to gather people and start a dialogue. We use football in two ways in our programmes: First of all as a tool for our rights and development work to reach widely; and secondly to ensure and spread the happiness and the play as an essential part of a good life.
Our programmes in Sierra Leone can be divided into three elements:
Play31 uses Football Festivals to build bridge between groups and local communities that are affected by conflict.
The Football Festivals give us the opportunity to bring stakeholders together in a neutral and positive event and from this point start a process towards reconciliation and a shared future.
Three elements make up the Football Festivals: The matches, a communal dinner, and the ‘disco.’
Over the last years, Play31 has driven a range of girls peace clubs with great success
In the peace clubs, adolescent girls learn about their rights and basic skills for taking care of and responsibility for their own lives.
However, we hope to expand this part of our programme both in order to reach more girls, but also to include boys in the program.
EDUCATION OF LOCAL ROLE MODELS AND LEADERS
This is a process that takes time and requires continuous work. First of all it is important to have the trust and accept of the local community, and volunteers need to be recruited and educated. It takes a lot of work before the peace ambassadors are ready to play a role in their local societies.
This video show some of our activities in Sierra Leone
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS IN THE NORTH
Besides our programmes in Sierra Leone, we continuously have a range of activities and events in Denmark with the purpose of putting focus on and collect resources for our work in Sierra Leone. Below you can read more about our work in relation to: