Parallel Project weeks in São Bento and Wulfen


March 3, 2012 | 45 Students from the School CEMP in São Bento in Brazil and the Boarding School Wulfen in Germany discussed their experiences in street football and their perspectives in the project week that took place parallel from 26th to 30th March. First of all there was a debate on existing stereotypes with regard to their own as well as the other land. In a live meeting over Skype the students presented the results of their discussion to each other. In a subsequent discussion about perspectives and clichés, the youth deliberated their images with that of the others and vice versa.
An intensive discussion took place over their respective experiences during work with street football. In Wulfen the youth worked out how their experiences with street football within school through sociopolitical engagement could flow into the community more strongly.
As role model for them was the engagement of the Brazilian youth for their community in their youth forum in São Bento that has been supported by Formação for 9 years. On the other hand the student group in São Bento benefited from the diverse experiences around the teaching methodology street football that the students in Wulfen use for the creation of a fair and respectful cohabitation in the school.
To make a continual exchange possible, the youth developed ideas together to communicate with each other. To this end, a common blog and Facebook group was setup and regular Skype conferences were agreed upon.

The learning partnership between CEMP (Centro de Ensino Médio e Educação Professional) and Boarding school Wulfen was initiated in early 2011 and closely supported by Formação and KICKFAIR.


KICKFAIR awarded by UNAOC and BMW Group


December 19, 2011 | KICKFAIR was awarded the Intercultural Innovation Award of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group for its teaching methodology of intercultural and global learning in the capital of Qatar last week. More than 400 projects from 70 countries had applied for the prize. The 10 most innovative methodologies for intercultural learning selected by a group of international experts were invited to Doha for presentation and celebration, in which the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon also participated. With this award, the United Nations and the BMW Group recognize organizations that render outstanding services to intercultural understanding through new initiatives.

KICKFAIR was awarded among others for the country wide and worldwide implementation of the learning material “Through Life with a ball” developed by KICKFAIR and the Institute for Peace Pedagogy Tübingen.

The material presents real biographies of young women and girls and opens access to diverse lifestyles, social contexts, cultures and political questions for youth. With the material, KICKFAIR has run workshops at schools all over Germany. At the international KICKFAIR Festival “Through life with a ball” last July youth from all over the world discussed the biographies and developed a common vision for a peaceful cohabitation. In the framework of the global school network “Football–Learning–Global” built by KICKFAIR and its international partners, the material was already used worldwide. The exchange between youth worldwide, who discuss the biographies, will be further developed and intensified in future.

Vidas Paralelas – Workshops in Paraguay


November 6, 2011 | From 21st to 30th October, CDI organized a workshop series with the title “Vidas paralelas” in direct cooperation with Cre-Arte, CHIGOL and KICKFAIR in Paraguay. Students compared their lifestyle with that of the youth in Argentina, Chile and Germany. The starting point were questions about street football as well as everyday life that youth from other countries had already answered in the preceding workshops. Over 400 children and youth of the school Pa’I Puku in the region Chaco Paraguayo discussed their answers and compared them with their own ideas and their own life.
The workshops were made possible in the framework of the ASA Program. The scholars supported through the program Fabian, Jorge, Ezequiel and Thorsten had developed the workshop concept “Vidas Paralelas” during their ASA Stay in Germany and implemented at schools there. With support from the ASA Program, they had the possibility to continue their work together with workshops in Paraguay.

Worldwide use of the didactical material “Through Life with a Ball”

The didactical material “Through life with a Ball” has been used already all over the world. In the following movie teachers and students from Germany and the international partners of the project talk about their work with the material.

Second Phase of “Football, Learning, and Inclusion” Begins at Cre-Arte

October 20, 2011 | The second phase of the project Football, Learning, and Inclusion began at Cre-Arte in early September. In the project, implemented at elementary schools in Bariloche and the surrounding area, students work creatively and artistically on the topic of the rights of the child.

The so-called “third half” of street football is used for the creative content of the work. In the first artistic unit on “Me and My World,” students express through paintings what the world they wish for would look like.

Central themes are subsequently tackled and artistically dealt with by the young people. In the third unit, students work on the topic of “the right to play.” To kick-off reflection in the third half-time, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child will be discussed, after which students continue to work on the topic with paintings or posters.

“Through Life With a Ball” Inspires Young People in Germany


July 28, 2011 | Shehide, from the Marquardt School in Plochingen, was inspired by “Through Life With a Ball.” She was especially taken with one young woman: Amira Muhammad Sulaiman Fahidat. “Because she said that you should never give up your dreams,” Shehide explained.

The first time she saw Amira it was on a poster, because Amira’s biography is part of the poster series “Through Life with a Ball.” In this series, the young Palestinian tells about her life and what role football plays in it. Because she is a part of the “Twinned Peace Football Schools” project, she had the opportunity to meet Israelis – an opportunity that Palestinians would almost never have in their every day life. But the Twinned Peace Football Schools manages to bring girls and boys from Israel and Palestine together. Together they play football and get to know “the other side.”

Then Amira came to Germany for the KICKFAIR Festival and Shehide, from Plochingen, had the opportunity to meet her in person. Shehide told Amira how impressed she was with her story and that she had a lot of respect for her dedication and courage.

Shehide wanted to share these experiences with her classmates and teachers in the Marquardt School and wrote them down in a report. At a teacher’s conference, she then reported on the festival and her meeting with Amira.

Media packet “Through Life With a Ball”

April 10, 2011 | The media packet “Through Life with a Ball,” connects football-stories with learning opportunities of a global understanding. Girls and young women from around the world speak about what the role of football is in their lives, how it helped them develop, and which challenges they had to overcome. Through a varied selection of biographies, and through intensive work with social street football projects in Cambodia, India, Israel, Rwanda, Chile, and Brazil, different topics and a variety of perspectives are opened for educational work.
“Through Life with a Ball” was produced in a common project by: KICKFAIR, the Institute for Peace Education Tübingen / Germany, Spirit of Soccer, SALT Academy / Cambodia, Magic Bus / India, The Peres Center for Peace / Israel, Al-Quds Association for Democracy and Dialogue / Palestina, Esperance / Ruanda, Formação / Brazil, Chigol / Chile

Young people from Brieselang and Santiago meet at school meetings in Germany to implement content of the partnership


October 18, 2010 | From August 31 to September 9, the much anticipated meeting between student delegations of the Hans-Klakow School (Brieselang) and the Millahue School (Santiago de Chile) took place. Strategies for solutions on topics such as democracy and power, global values, as well as street football and conflict resolution were discussed in workshops, and commitments were made to new approaches for their work in Brieselang and Santiago.

In this work they draw on the long history of their learning partnership. Between the first meeting in September 2009 and this year’s meeting, both schools have been busy working in-depth in the form of project weeks on the topic of democracy in school and global understanding, especially surrounding the life philosophy of Ubuntu. CHIGOL and KICKFAIR accompany the long-term, laid-out learning process at the school and learning-levels.

At the center of both meetings stand the topics and interests of the young people themselves. The content of the workshop was documented in the song “Hoffnung Callejera,” with support from music educators in Brieselang. As early as the first exchange meeting in 2009, young people from CHIGOL, together with the guest students from Brieselang, were already developing the first version of “Hoffnung Callejera 1.0,” which explains the role of street football in the meeting.

During the second exchange meeting, this time with more time and budget, the second song “H.C. 2.0” emerged. The young rappers wrote their own texts on topics such as street football and values, friendship, and social learning and recorded them in a small studio in Falkensee.

Following the meeting, both delegations developed the next steps over Skype, in which they committed to becoming school mentors on the methods and global content. Both sides agreed on the goal to further develop the content of the meeting, make a follow-up project, and let the entire school participate in the content.

Cre-Arte holds Ubuntu Week at GLF schools in Bariloche


September 27, 2010 | In Argentina, young people are also currently dealing with the South African philosophy of Ubuntu (see report below). To begin the second half of the school year, three different schools held Ubuntu Weeks with a variety of workshops. The goal of Ubuntu Week is to work on the South African philosophy of UBUNTU in different ways with students through topics such as solidarity, respect, and cohesion.
With the aid of an interview with Desmond Tutu, students link these values with the content of street football and carry them over into other areas of their everyday lives. “Football cannot be won by one person alone, we are also a team off of the field,” Oracio (8 years old) gave as an example. These and similar thoughts became tangible for young people through the cooperation game, in which team spirit and creativity are demanded.

Global Learning through Football (GLF) schools worldwide learn about Ubuntu

30. August 2010 | What does Ubuntu mean? Students from GLF schools ask themselves this question throughout the world. The discussions are based on an interview with Desmond Tutu, published in Learning Circle South Africa, in which he describes the vision for a peaceful and respectful coexistence.
Through the motto “my world is local – my vision global,” students deal with the questions of what Ubuntu means for the coexistence of people worldwide, for their own local environment, as well as what parallels this philosophy has to street soccer and how they can contribute to all of this personally.