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  1. 1. The Peres Center for Peace “ Twinned Peace Sport Schools” program Established in 2002
  2. 2. The Peres Center for Peace <ul><li>The Peres Center for Peace is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization founded in 1996 by President of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Mr. Shimon Peres. </li></ul><ul><li>His aim was furthering his vision in which people of the Middle East region work together to build peace through socio-economic cooperation and development, and people-to-people interaction. </li></ul><ul><li>the key for our projects is the people-to-people aspect, in order that the wider public may come to know ‘the other’, and understand the reality of their intertwined history and future. </li></ul><ul><li>The Peres Center projects aim to break through the barriers of misconception to arrive at authentic cooperation based on meaningful relationships. </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ Twinned Peace Sport Schools” Program <ul><li>Through a common interest in sport, we have touched the lives of almost 10,000 children and coaches over the course of our cooperative activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Operates in 17 communities across the Palestinian Authority and Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>Every year around 2,000 direct beneficiaries - aged 6 – 14 per year </li></ul><ul><li>Boys & girls </li></ul>The Peres Center & Sport
  4. 4. “ Twinned Peace sport Schools” Program components <ul><li>Sport and fitness training and tournaments </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Palestinian-Israeli activities </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Education </li></ul><ul><li>Auxiliary Educational Support (including Inter-Language Learning Program) </li></ul><ul><li>Communal Involvement (involving parents and heads of communities, Rebuilding the Community Initiative and more) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Sport can offer a mechanism for non-violent interaction of radically diverse groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Sport has the power to overcome barriers of language, culture & politics. </li></ul><ul><li>It brings together individuals and groups through a ritual performance and offers a space in which different groups can conceive themselves as one. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong unifying factor in the process of conflict transformation and peacebuilding </li></ul>What is sport for us?
  6. 6. Obstacles Counter-Approach <ul><li>Prejudice and racism Humanization and Education </li></ul><ul><li>Reality on the ground Alternative Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Political inclination People to people approach </li></ul><ul><li>Language, culture, education Building knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Fear factor Building Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Its only sport! Sport brings people together </li></ul><ul><li>(“contact hypothesis”) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sustainable Peace through Sport: what do we need ? <ul><li>Dedication to non-violent conflict resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Community support </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Support of development institutions, governments and authorities </li></ul><ul><li>International networking support </li></ul><ul><li>By contributing to development, </li></ul><ul><li>sport indirectly contributes to peace </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ DOR” <ul><li>Dor, 6-years-old, an Israeli boy from the southern town of Sderot. </li></ul><ul><li>Dor said that the thing he was most surprised about was that when the Palestinians arrived, they were children. Before meeting the Palestinians he thought that all Arabs looked like Osama Bin Laden.* </li></ul><ul><li>Dor wants to learn Arabic and for the Palestinians to learn Hebrew—even if it’s the most basic words. He believes that just being able to say simple words to each other would help them become better friends. </li></ul><ul><li>*Taken from evaluation interview with ‘Dor’ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Professional Evaluation <ul><li>strong capacity for implementation and facilitation in a tense region. </li></ul><ul><li>Only chance for the youth to meet with the “other side” - creates meaningful space for engagement and dialogue. </li></ul><ul><li>Humanizing effect on the youth - challenges stereotypes. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages self-confidence and promotes empathy. </li></ul><ul><li>Highly relevant to needs of the young participants, their parents and their communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Local authorities are highly supportive - project has gained parental and community credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Strong coaches’ network fosters a sense of team and community responsibility – an inspiring example for the youngsters </li></ul>