“All those people who do big things with very little” – Gino Gaona (Chile) introduces himself


10.05.2016 | Hello, my name is Gino. I live in the El Montijo village in the Cerro Navia district of Santiago de Chile. I’ve been a part of the organisation CHIGOL since 2008, when I began training as a street football mediator. Now I work with children and teenagers at CHIGOL’s local centre to compile lyrics, texts, and hip hop songs (“Chigolitos Rap”). We use our street football method in all our workshops and materials at CHIGOL, where every space has its own constructive rules for living together.

Our focus is always on openness and respect towards others.
During my three-month stay at KICKFAIR, I hope to meet lots of committed people, to get to know them, to learn with and from them, and to share new experiences.

Kimhong Huot from Cambodia introduces herself


03.05.2016 | Hi, I’m Kimhong, 19 years old, from Battambang, Cambodia. I work for SALT Academy as an office assistant and I’m a member of the Mighty Girls team. The Mighty Girls team was created by SALT to empower girls.

At Mighty Girls we usually work only with girls who are facing problems or who are from the country side, because we can help them to find their own solutions. I was playing for the Mighty Girls team for 6 years and now I became a fulltime staff at SALT.

My expectation in Germany is to learn new strategies that make more fun and more attractive for participants.

Also I can share our activities and knowledge that we usually do in our community. Basically for my own I want to learn about different culture, how they work, how they live, trying new food, new languege, making new friends, …..etc. . I hope I will bring a huge knowledge from KICKFAIR back to Cambodia to share it in my organization and my community as well and let them share on and on.

My massage to all young people is: ដាំក្នុងសាលា ដុះក្នុងសង្គម

It’s written in Khmer, our main language in Cambodia, and means: „Planting in school  – growing in society.”

Two southern experts staying at KICKFAIR


13.10.2015 | Flavio is from Chigol, an FLG partner organization in Chile, and Martin is from Centro Educativo P’aí Puku, an organization in Paraguay that is also part of the FLG network. The two South American experts are currently spending a three-month stint – from September to the beginning of December – at KICKFAIR.

At the moment, Martin and Flavio are traveling through Germany and conducting global workshop projects at FLG schools. They are sharing their experiences about street football, their lives, and global connections with the German students. Both Martin and Flavio regularly write reports about their experiences in the FLG schools and post them on our FLG Facebook page.

Intense Learning Summit in Teltow with youth from Chile, Germany, and Paraguay

FLG begegnung

30.09.2015 | The international exchange that began on the 11th of September came to a close today, but the participants won’t leave the unforgettable last three weeks empty-handed. The group consisted of Chigol-itos, a youth group from partner organization Chigol in Chile, students from the Mühlendorf Oberschule in Teltow, as well as Pa’i Puku from Paraguay, who was able to be present this year. Flavio, who is part of Chigol, put it in a nutshell: “We felt a really strong connection to all of the other youths on the international team. It started on the first day and was still there on the last one. It was a really unique and unforgettable feeling.”

This summit is a follow up for these learning partnerships and was financed through the ENSA Program and the Nord-Süd-Brücken Foundation (North-to-South Bridges).

Both sides of the group had been coordinating the contents for the learning partnership for several months. On September 11th, it was finally time for the group to convene in one place and to implement the ideas that had been brainstormed up to that point. The group decision was a consensus, and the result showed that they wanted to work on the topic of racism. The participants’ personal experiences with the topic of racism were the main focus of the project, as was addressing Germany’s recent history, exemplified through a visit to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen. The next step was for the multinational participants to engage with the reality of young or adolescent refugees in Germany, primarily the ones attending the neighboring school’s orientation and welcoming class. The highlight of the exchange was the day the group planned and spent with the refugees. The participants had prepared a number of questions and were able to use them to allow the refugees to share intense and personal stories about their lives.

Furthermore, the multinational team decided to engage with the theme of sexuality as a second topic.

The participants created a safe, trust-based place together where everyone was able to speak candidly and unashamedly about very personal questions. The students also addressed and discussed the dominating perceptions of relationships and sex myths in Germany and Chile.

Of course, the adolescents also worked with their mutual passion of street football, comparing, questioning, and deepening their understanding of various styles and methods of playing. In this way, they were able to develop new street football mediation skills. The collaboratively planned communal-international street football tournament in Teltow was without question the highlight of this topic. The orientation and welcoming class of refugees, and students from the middle school and high school in Teltow all participated in the tournament. The development of a new set of rules named “chifair” was an exciting product of this project. This includes a new teamer questionnaire that combines aspects of the game from Chile and Germany.

At the end of the project, everybody agreed: nobody will forget these three weeks of mutual learning from through institutional partnerships – that have meanwhile been around for years – implementing various concepts and plans, making new friends, and reuniting with old ones. The most exciting news is that the next plans are already set: both sides have agreed to work together in the upcoming months on turning the material discussed over the course of the last three weeks into a collection that can be (re)used to expose even more youth and adolescents to a critical analysis of and discussion about racism and sexuality. The group is going to stay in touch via Skype, Facebook, and Whatsapp, in order to coordinate and continue developing their engagement at a local level.

More information is available at facebook.com/football.learning.global

National School Festival in Ostfildern


22.07.2015 | The national school festival in Ostfildern (near Stuttgart) took place from July 10th-13th, 2015. Both teachers and students alike from Football-Learning-GLobal schools across Germany met up to participate in the exchange.
The students and teachers had three whole days and various possibilities to engage in the exchange. One main point of focus was the particular method of playing, but the participants also discussed various ways of successfully implementing projects at school. The teachers were especially interested during one of the teachers’ sessions in which “best practice” examples and success stories from a global learning curriculum implemented at school were presented. Their discussions were linked with the central content from the project activities in the “One Game – one Vision – one World” project. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Developoment has decided to continue supporting the project for another three years as part of the Funding Program for Developmental and Political Educational Activity. The project is a direct continuation of the project “Thinking Beyond the Playing Field” which was completed at the end of 2014. This allowed for a productive, cooperative planning session for the upcoming content and activities using the participants’ experience up to that point.
This year’s festival wasn’t just an exchange opportunity for adolescents from Germany. Thanks to the coupling with the international symposium with KICKFAIR’s partner organizations and the international learning cooperatives from Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Rwanda, Kenya, Israel, Palestine, and Cambodia, the adolescents had the opportunity to work with Youth Leaders from around the world. The German adolescents learned more about the partner organizations’ social backgrounds, the environments in their countries, and how street football has the potential to change children’s outlook on life; all of this was done in small groups that were essentially structured and implemented by the international Youth Leaders present. In connection with all of this, they also had the change to think and talk about children’s rights and how they thought that these rights could be better implemented in a number of media including street football.
Following all of that, the highlight of the festival was an enormous street football tournament with well-mixed teams. Young and old competed against each other as did boys against girls, not to forget the international guests, all of whom played according to the special street football rules of play.

Kids on the radio! Project week on street football and Kenya at the Insulaner Elementary School


26.1.2015 | From January 20 – 23, kids from the Insulaner Elementary School took an extensive look at different themes having to do with Kenya. The inspiration for the week was the Street Football World Cup, which took place at their school, as well as in Marsabit, Kenya, by children and adolescents from the organization HODI. Alongside the World Cup, young street footballers from Berlin exchanged their experiences with others from HODI, who were forging their own path to the Street Football World Cup. They now had a chance to deepen their knowledge.
Together with Radijojo, a children’s radio station, the kids developed their own radio programs to share their insights.
They researched information about the social context of Kenya, as well as HODI’s work and the biography of Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, the founder of the organization based in Marsabit.
Of course, street football was also a theme. They discussed and reflected upon different methods, and what exactly the objectives of fair play are in their individual schools. The highlight of the week was a Skype call with Noor and Fatuma, in which both the HODI leaders gave detailed answers to questions from the kids.

Youth from Mühlendorf High School present their international experiences at the Teltow City Hall


4.12.2014 | Over 100 children, adolescents and adults recently came together in Stubenrauch Hall in the small city of Brandenburg. They listened eagerly as eight students from Mühlendorf High School presented their experiences from a learning partnership with CHIGOLITOS and schools from Santiago de Chile. As part of their school’s Football-Learning-Global program, the youth travelled to Chile to visit their partner group for three weeks in September.
After an exciting presentation filled with photos and impressions from the exchange, as well as a follow-up panel discussion, the group then officially opened their personalized global exhibition of the learning partnership. The exhibition showed the public additional content and themes that the students explored and discussed with their Chilean counterparts.
It presented a number of shared projects, including a campaign promoting the positive value of coexistence, a joint hip hop production and a stop motion video, or rather a flipbook that serves as instructional material – made by youth for youth. By presenting these shared projects, the young German and Chilean participants wanted to pass the experiences they gained from the partnership onto others.
The youth also designed the presentation at City Hall to further spread the partnership’s content and vision throughout their school and community. Further steps will take place in the coming months as part of a spring project week and the city of Teltow’s 750th anniversary.

An impressing and moving exchange: The Mühlendorf Oberschule from spending three extraordinary weeks in Chile


One wish came true for a group of adolescents from Chile and Germany in “El Montijo”, a community of Cerro Navia, an outlying neighborhood  in the west of Santiago de Chile: after an entire year of preparation, collaborative planning, and a lot of waiting, a delegation of 10 students from the Mühlendorf Oberschule in Teltow was finally able to spend three weeks directly shaping and experiencing their international learning partnership together with the Chigolitos. Preceding the meeting, an international team compiled a list of topics via Skype; these topics were then discussed and expanded upon in Cerro Navia. Prior to the meeting, both groups also undertook quite a bit of work as preparation: they both developed and organized tournaments within the context of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and conducted project days and project weeks with other adolescents in their area, stressing the topic ‘interacting fairly with others’. Additionally, both groups prepared answers to the following questions: “Who are we” How do we live? How do we want to live?”. These questions helped serve as ice breakers on the first days of the meeting, alongside the mutual excitement for the unusual method of playing street football.

The topics and interests of the adolescents were the main focus of the entire meeting. The participants decided together which questions and which topics they wanted to address throughout the three weeks they have together. The group decided to work with the topics of racism, discrimination, sexism, and drugs based on their own surroundings. Additionally, each group presented their version and street football rules of play to the other group, discussing pros and cons of both. They even collaborated on structuring their free time together: consequently, they cooked both German and Chilean dishes, the Chileans taught the Germans traditional Cueca dancing, and they all played football together in Parque Forestal in the center of Santiago.

Both groups were supported the entire time by mentors who have grown up participating in the respective programs and are now continuing to participate as Youth Leaders, sharing and passing on their experiences and knowledge. Laura, 18, who is now in training to become a kindergarten teacher in Teltow, describes her journey: “For me, it’s just so great that I’m now able to see things from a new perspective. Two years ago, when I was here as a student, I just participated. But now it’s much more interesting to see how the group grows and how I can help lead everybody.” Her desire to continue working with youths originated through her participation in the FLG project. Over the course of the three weeks, the group decided to present the results of their work in the form of several products. They did so with the ultimate goal of reaching more adolescents and young adults in their respective environments and sharing their experiences with others. For example, they designed a wall in the middle of the “el Montijo” district, created a first draft for campaign about values and societal issues, produced several stop motion videos about racism, sexism, and drugs, and even began writing a hip hop song which both groups will be able to continue working on over the next several months, even members of the groups who weren’t there for the meeting. Both groups have resolved to enrich their schools and neighborhoods  in the coming months with material they compiled and the products they designed.

Impressions and pictures of the event are available on Facebook. The meeting was part of the learning partnership between the Mühlendorf Oberschule in Teltow and a Chigol group in Cerro Navia and supported by the ENSA-programm.

Exchange with between the FLG-Schools CEMP (Brazil) and Wulfen (Germany)


19.08.2014 | The excitement is palpable: a delegation from the CEMP School in São Bento, a city in the Northeast of Brazil, is coming to Germany – more specifically, they are coming to Wulfen (near Dorsten). It is another exchange in the parameters of the Football-Learning-Global school partnership between the CEMP School and the Gesamtschule (High School) supported by the german exchange program ENSA. The first exchange took place last September in São Bento and now the reciprocating visit to Germany is taking place. “We’re really already a team” – said Anna-Lena, a student at the Gesamtschule in Wulfen. She went to São Bento last year and helped prepare for the Brazilians’ visit. “You just help take care of each other”, continued Anna-Lena. And Benedito from Brazil added, “We’re with friends – we feel like we’re at home”.

They also intend on accomplishing quite a lot, the students from both Brazil and Germany. They want to talk about their plans and goals for how they want to further develop their learning partnerships in the coming months: what are our common plans and goals for the future? How can we advance our learning partnership and bring it into daily life at our school? How can we reach more adolescents on a long-term basis using the vehicle of street football?

Themes relating to global learning are also connected to the students‘ questions about their learning partnership. How are we (respectively) living and with what backgrounds? What does the living situation and reality of somebody else have to do with me and my own composure and reality? How can we take on responsibility together? A topic that has especially kept the Brazilians busy is the question of sustainability of major sporting events (after the FIFA 2014 World Cup and the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Brazil). Both sides have prepared themselves to discuss this topic, with the Brazilians bringing especially thrilling stories and experiences from the FIFA World Cup.

One highlight of this year’s exchange is the collaboratively organized street football at the end of the two-week exchange. Students in Wulfen and students in São Bento are participating in a street football tournament in both locations at the same time. The preparations for this tournament were taken care of over the past few weeks by the adolescents from both countries, by way of a tandem-exchange.

Football-Learning-Global as a School Subject at the Mühlendorf Oberschule in Teltow


01.08.2014 | The first school year with the new Football-Learning-Global class has ended successfully. Together with KICKFAIR, the Mühlendorf Oberschule developed the syllabus and content requirements for the subject and started the program as a test run during the 2013/2014 school year. A master plan was compiled, specifically detailing the topics, content, pedagogical learning objectives, and extent of the class for the elective subjects II for the 9th and 10th grades. The school subject has been officially approved by the proper ministry and school board for the coming school year. Thanks to this approval, global learning will be able to become an integral and consistent part of lessons in the coming years. By working with street football, the students should be able to acquire diverse competences, thereby improving their chances for a more successful transition into their post-education professional lives.
The Mühlendorf Oberschule and KICKFAIR have worked together closely since 2010. Street football as an educational approach is firmly anchored at the school through KICKFAIR. Together with Chigol, a partner organization in Chile, long-term school partnerships following similar educational approaches have been initiated. These learning partnerships have become integral parts of the educational work done in the participating schools, as well as a central topic in the elective subject’s lessons.