Goal for Peace Launch Schools Workbook
Sligo Rovers players Joseph Ndo and Pascal Millien along with Assistant Manager, Gary Stevens helped launch an innovative new workbook for primary school children last week in Carrick on Shannon.
The International Fund for Ireland and Leitrim County Council funded Goal for Peace Workbook helps children from ten Protestant and Catholic schools in Leitrim and Fermanagh to learn together about religious, cultural and ethnic diversity using the backgrounds of professional sports players in the region as examples. The workbook features players from Sligo Rovers including current Rovers players Joseph Ndo and Pascal Millian and players from Connacht Rugby including former Sligo RFC player Mataele Fifita.
The workbook is based on Arsenal in the Community’s “World on our Doorstep” and “Arsenal for Everyone” programs. In 2011 and 2012, Arsenal in the Community coaches visited the Goal for Peace project and coached the children involved in this innovative project. After gaining an insight into the work Arsenal do to promote integration and good relations among multicultural schools in London it was felt that this model of teaching and coaching would transfer seamlessly into the Goal for Peace project which operates on a cross community and cross border basis.
A typical Goal for Peace paired session consists of 30 minutes coaching and 30 minutes classroom activity using the new workbook. By coming together to take part in the paired sessions the Protestant and Catholic students are afforded the opportunity to mix on the school playground and learn together in the classroom.
Project Manager, Nollaig Whyte said, “The introduction of a classroom element to the Goal for Peace sessions has been extremely successful. This has been an exciting new development and will help build on the work already carried out in the schools to date. The students from each of the schools are working together to gain a better understanding of cultural, religious and ethnic differences in modern society”.
Gordon Burke, Goal for Peace Project Coordinator, thanked the International Fund for Ireland and Leitrim County Council for their continued support. “This is the third year of the Goal for Peace project. Since the project’s commencement the schools have formed strong links which have helped to encourage a high level of interaction among children from both traditions. The project is an excellent example of how sport can be successfully used as an effective instrument to help break down traditional barriers”.
Please visit the Goal for Peace website for more infomation on what happened over the past three years ,