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  • Award Entered:
    Sport for Conflict Resolution Award
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  • Project Host Nation:
    South Africa
  • Overview of Project:
    Kicking for Peace is a model grassroots initiative that uses soccer as a vehicle for social transformation, conflict prevention and peace-building in South Africa. Since apartheid ended in 1994, we are in a post-conflict and current conflict situation, with the world’s highest murder and rape rates and increasing xenophobic attacks. Apartheid’s legacy persists in the form of ongoing separation between racial groups – white, black, coloured (Asian and mixed-race heritage) – and deep mistrust between individuals. Apartheid destroyed the fabric of trust that holds society together, and it has not yet been repaired. The Western Cape Network for Community Peace and Development helps youth develop skills and attitudes needed to build a harmonious society. We offer multilingual activities (Xhosa, English, Afrikaans), including soccer practice, tournaments and life skills training for boys and girls in twelve different townships—formerly segregated communities with almost no recreational activities. Through soccer, we teach communication, problem-solving, leadership and conflict transformation to youth from black, white and coloured communities – some who are refugees from other African countries – thus building bridges across racial divides. The Network is a unique collaboration of 37 NGOs, 14 local communities, local government, the Premier’s office, a university and the City of Cape Town.

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