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London 2012 Olympics

Truce inspired projects

The London 2012 Inspire programme enables non-commercial organisations across the UK to officially link their events and projects to the London 2012 Games.

The promotion of the principles of the Olympic Truce is a core element of the London 2012 Culture and Education programmes. A small number of projects have been recognised as part of the Truce strand of the London 2012 Inspire programme because they promote the principles of the Olympic Truce and complement London 2012’s Olympic Truce programme.

The following case studies are outstanding examples of Truce-inspired projects that use sport or culture to promote peace, conflict resolution and cultural understanding. Find out what other organisations and schools are doing on the theme of Truce to get ideas for your own Olympic Truce-inspired activities:

Sport & Community Integration & Education led by the University of Ulster

Region: Northern Ireland

Sport & Community Integration & Education was the first project to be recognised under the Truce strand of the Inspire programme. This project is based in Northern Ireland and aims to encourage schools, universities and communities to use sport and the excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to encourage leadership, integration and community cohesion. Involving 50 primary schools and several secondary schools, the project will reach thousands of young people across Northern Ireland. All the elements of the project focus on the opportunities to build peace through sport and the potential to engage with other communities through sport.

The primary school programme encourages children from different backgrounds to explore the role of sport in promoting good relations, ultimately bringing them together through multi-schools festivals. The secondary school programme educates participants in sport and good relations, sports leadership and social integration, equality and diversity, and ethnic minority inclusion.

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The International Peace Quilt Project led by Rotary Club of Guisborough & Great Ayton

Region: Yorkshire and Humber

The Peace Quilt Project brings together students and teachers from throughout the world to design quilt pieces representing students’ visualisations of peace. The project involves students from each of the 205 Olympic nations learning about the use of sport and culture to bring communities together. All the students and schools involved will learn about other cultures through the unique drawings being created that, while reflecting many different interpretations, also give the same message for peace. Abraham Moss High School in Manchester is in the Get Set network and has taken part in this project for the UK.

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Playing for Peace led by Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS), Coventry University

Region: West Midlands

Coventry University has collaborated with the national Peace Museum in Bradford to create a public exhibition that aims to show the potential role of sport in bringing together international communities. Playing for Peace involves schools from Coventry University’s Phoenix Schools Network to create an exhibition inspired by the Olympic Truce.

Coventry

Met-Track led by British Athletic Charitable Trust

Region: London

The project offers athletics as the healthy alternative in life to young people from schools in 22 out of the 32 London boroughs. International athletes, who are also qualified coaches, deliver the training to young people who might not otherwise get the opportunity. The aspiration is to target young people most likely to benefit, given the organisation’s overarching objectives of reducing youth offending and anti-social behaviour. Involving partners from various agencies and clubs to provide participants with a wide range of options, the project rewards effort ahead of attainment, and encourages participation rather than excellence. Any obvious aspiring talent is developed appropriately and referred on.

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Hands Around the World led by Creative Peace Mural Society

Region: Northern Ireland

Hands Around the World aims to give young people a chance to express their view of the world through mural making. The approach allows for traditional barriers to be broken down as participants-especially young people-come together to discuss, design, create and celebrate collective views of their community. It also provides the opportunity for young people to share the collective view of their culture on the local, national and international stage, complementing Northern Ireland’s peace process goal of a ‘shared and better future.’

The Creative Peace Mural Society is a cultural organisation aiming to promote international understanding and links through the creation of textile murals. Since its beginning a series of murals have been created in various parts of the world uniting communities in representing their history, geography and culture. The Hands around the World project represents the culmination of the society’s activities.

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CitySafe Youth Games led by London Citizens

Region: London

The CitySafe Youth Games use sport to promote peace by building positive relationships between schools in order to reduce postcode tensions and tackle school rivalries. Students take part in mixed teams and use the opportunity of an annual event to discuss and plan strategies such as setting up CitySafe Zones in their neighbourhoods.

In the lead up to the Youth Games, students from neighbouring schools are involved in joint leadership workshops and are learning new skills to work together with local Safer Neighbourhood Teams and local businesses to promote safety. The Youth Games also seek to connect young people to local sporting opportunities. Partnerships have included London Youth.

children from inner city training with boxing pads

Olympic Truce Model United Nations project, led by The United Nations Association of the UK (UNA-UK)

Region: UK Wide

‘Uniting the Nations’ is a national Model United Nations tournament for UK schools. The day-event will be a role-play simulation of a UN General Assembly debate to agree a resolution on the Olympic Truce.

700-800 young people from 150-200 UK secondary schools will be invited to participate in a one day Model UN tournament completely themed around the Olympic Truce. This will require all the participants to research and learn more about the Truce in preparation for the tournament. The whole essence of the project is to promote the peaceful negotiation of solutions to global challenges. The participants will learn more about international mechanisms for multilateral approaches and negotiations. They will gain an understanding of particular conflicts and the deeper issues involved in trying to negotiate between nations to achieve a peaceful solutions. The participants will also directly experience, through their own negotiations and deliberations in drawing up an Olympic Truce resolution for the UN, the processes of having to make compromises and working together – key elements in achieving a more peaceful world. For more information

100 Days of Peace led by London Citizens

Region: London

CitySafe recognises that young people can be part of the solution to the problem of crime and the fear of crime. The 100 Days of Peace project focuses on creating CitySafe Zones in London. CitySafe Zones are areas where good neighbourliness is promoted through relationship building between schools and shops, involving clusters of local institutions and the police.

London Citizens will work to develop leadership skills of young people to enable them to improve relationship with local businesses, local police and local authorities. Young people are trained in skills of communication, negotiation, and community action. They will also be trained to lead a listening campaign in their school and youth clubs in order to listen to young people about their concerns and solutions around safety in their local communities.

Dignity Seminars, led by Royal Armouries Museum

Region: Yorkshire & The Humber

This project is designed to communicate the value of community cohesion and the lack of value and dignity associated with anti-social behaviour within communities. By taking these messages into challenging community schools, the project aims to promote the values of Olympic Truce, using athletes as role models, to those that need to hear it most.

logo from the Dignity Seminars project

Build The Truce, led by Imperial War Museum

Region: UK Wide

Build The Truce places strong emphasis on supporting conflict resolution skills– creating neutral spaces, identifying shared values and goals, acknowledging different perspectives, analysing information without bias, and practising communication skills to discuss and deliver opinion effectively. The project sets the Museum as a neutral space for debate and shared learning. Young people will apply skills through new and social media activity, and in their own social communities. Participants will access free resources and programmes, sharing perspectives in online and offline Museum sites.

Striving for Unity; Respecting our cultures ahead of the 2012 Games, led by Hertford County Council

Region: East of England

This project uses sport and the inspiration of the 2012 Games to encourage young people from different communities to come together and participate in football (and variations of the sport – street soccer, futsal etc.) whilst sharing an increased awareness of different cultures and backgrounds within a community. This is intended to reflect the way the Olympic and Paralympic Games bring competitors from around the world together through sport and cultural activities.

We are Human First, led by Peace Parade International

Region: North West

Our project engages young people in activities that promote peace and reconciliation, building of bridges, development of community cohesion and conflict resolution. Through workshops in art, film-making, music, radio broadcasting and writing we encourage and enable young people to develop a consensus of what peace means to them and how they can achieve it in their world and to explore the concept of conflict resolution. Our project is underpinned by the twin drivers of diversity and inclusivity and young people participating in our workshops are drawn from across all communities in Greater Manchester.

Leeds Peace Poetry, led by Together for Peace and the University of Leeds

Region: Yorkshire & The Humber

This is a creative writing project focusing on Truce and the Olympic values of friendship & respect. Workshops delivered by local poets will explore aspects of Truce such as bridging divides between communities or intergenerational divisions.
Sport will also be used as a great example of how individuals, groups and nations can come together and help break down barriers, promote engagement and a better understanding of each other.

2012 Hours Against Hate | 2012 Hours for Unity

Region: London

2012 Hours Against Hate | Hours for Unity is a project aimed at promoting volunteerism in order to stop bigotry and promote respect across lines of culture, religion, tradition, class, and gender. It is asking young people around the UK to pledge their time to stop hate, prejudice and discrimination and to build projects across different communities (2012 hours per community).

SCFA – Creating Future Champions, led by Spartans Community Football Academy

Region: Scotland

The Creating Future Champions project takes SFCA’s existing principles of community integration and harmony to another level by introducing an international element, looking at how elite athletes, from participating nations, overcome obstacles and inequalities to achieve their personal goals, and how competing nations can come together to achieve and enjoy a major sporting event through cooperation.

International Network on Peace Building with Young Children led by Early Years – the organisation for young children

Region: Northern Ireland

This project seeks to share and disseminate knowledge and best practice from around the world and use it to up skill educational practitioners who work with young children in areas of conflict. The training and resources are closely linked to themes explored through Get Set Goes Global and the Olympic Truce, ultimately allowing pre-school and primary school practitioners to share these with their students and give them local significance.

Fight for Peace

Region: London

Project activities are based on FFP’s `Five Pillars’ programme which includes:
1) Sports: Boxing and other martial arts training and competition;
2) Education: Formal and extra-curriculum education programmes;
3) Employability: Access to the work market through job skills training and paid internships;
4) Support services: targeted referral, case work and mentoring support;
5) Youth Leadership: building youth leaders via participation in a Youth Council.
Throughout 2012 there will be various activities surrounding the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. In London the organisation will remain open throughout August when they would normally shut for the summer holidays, in order to run special events to celebrate the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Northern Stage

Region: North East

This project will work with groups of young people in some of the most deprived areas of England to ask ‘What would you say if the World were listening?’ Artists will work with the young people over a number of months to provide them with the skills needed to create a piece of work (a performance, an exhibition, a new song etc) which reflects their beliefs and reveals, in a creative way, what the young people want to present as their ‘truce’ to the World.

The project will be filmed and there will be an online site, where groups of young people from different countries are invited to take part in the dialogue and the creative process. The hope is that ‘Truce’ will break down barriers between young people from different places, working together, sharing their views and opinions and creating work which unifies rather than alienates.