FOOTBALL FOR PEACE Comes To Liberia
The Global initiative Football for peace will formerly be launch in Monrovia in November 2018 with the Liberian capital Monrovia been named City for peace.
Football for Peace is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with its headquarters in London and supported by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace. It was co-founded internationally in 2013 by English-born Pakistani footballer Kashif Siddiqi and Chilean FIFA legend Elias Figueroa.
It will be the first time the initiative will be launch on the African continent.
According to the Co-Founder of the football for peace, Kashif Sidiqi and the Africa Lead Lebogang Chaka; when launched in November, the initiative will provide training for high school pupils in the areas of leadership, peace and soccer.
The two leading the delegation speaking at a news conference said they want Africa to benefit from the initiative as they believed it will help in ending conflicts.
Lebogang Chaka said Liberia became the place to select for the launch of the Football for Peace because of the history of the country.
She said with Liberia playing major roles in the independence of many countries on the continent, it was key to roll out the initiative to Africa through the country.
Kashif Siddiqi, the Co-founder of the Football For Peace said
“We know that football can do amazing things. Remember Christmas in 1914, where many British and German soldiers laid down their arms and connected as fellow humans over a makeshift game of football in no man’s land? We want to take things further and foster lasting peace, equality and integration between communities around the world, and show governments and policy makers how the simple concept of football diplomacy can be a viable tool for them to affect change.
Our vision is that every country in the world uses football diplomacy to help bring about peace and more tolerant societies.”
The program will teach high school students the essence of peace and how to make peace among people in communities.
Madam Chacka told journalists that the program focuses on education and football. She said 40% of their focus will be on football, while education will take 60%.
They spoke Saturday at a news conference in Paynesville which marked the start of preparations for the launch of Football for peace in Liberia in November.
Also speaking at the news conference, Youth and Sports Minister Zeogar Wilson said President George Weah has welcomed the initiative to Liberia.
Minister Wilson said the initiative will also benefit young people in the country, as many of them will gain knowledge in training that will be provided.
He said the government will work with the organization in ensuring that the rest of Africa gain from the program.
Meanwhile, lots of Liberian high school students in the central Monrovia area have expressed joy over plans to launch the program in Liberia.
Reacting to the news as they heard on State Radio, some of the kids said the news is an inspiration to work hard at their studies.
The report that several ex-international footballers like Ronaldinho are poised to grace the launch in November seems to be attracting young people to the program.