Street football is the common element among members in the Football-Learning-Global network, and there are specific rules applied to the game:
Boys and girls play in mixed teams and there is no referee. In an open dialogue before the game, players agree on the rules of fair play, which include good sportsmanship. Adolescents accompany the teams and act as mediators in their process of communication.
Through playing street football, young people gain a broad range of social skills: how to talk to one another, to negotiate rules, to respect each other, and to resolve conflict without violence. The concept of fair play also exists off the pitch: in the classroom and in other project areas such as music, theatre or film. Partners of the project use football in many creative ways to address a vast array of social issues. For example, football matches for AIDS education or for landmine risk prevention.
Young people as agents of change in their schools
Street football is designed and implemented by young people themselves, who organize street football activities for their fellow classmates. With the help of street football, they can actively tackle problems in their schools and communities. For example, they use football as a tool to promote peaceful and respectful relationships, as well as equal opportunities for boys and girls. These young people are agents contributing to the positive development of their schools and other surroundings. Through this, they can develop a wide variety of skills and new perspectives.
The street football work is rooted locally and connected globally. The global network enables the exchange of knowledge and experience and supports young people in their personal development. Their motivation to become involved increases as they come to consider themselves as part of a global movement. The global network also positively impacts the public perception of the local street football projects. As the educational and developmental work of the organizations, schools and youth centers is strengthened, there is also development in the community as a whole.
Global learning as a central element in educational work
Through street football, young people find an exciting way to interact with other young people from around the world. They play by the same rules and share the will to make a difference through football. Speaking to one another on the same level, they compare their experiences and are introduced to new perspectives. They gain insight into other ways of life and social issues, and can exchange views on global themes such as human rights and social inequality or exclusion. Together, they can look for possibilities of how to make a difference on both a local and global scale.
A global exchange in many forms
The global exchange takes place in many different forms. For example, through sustainable learning partnerships between schools, international gatherings and meetings, through social media, by having activities take place simultaneously in different countries, and through the worldwide use of shared teaching materials. The FLG-Forum on this site provides a unique platform for exchanging ideas over the Internet.