31 October 2016

In October 2016, streetfootballworld delivered a football3 train the trainer workshop in Karak, Jordan, in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Education and the UEFA Foundation for Children. 18 Jordanian physical education teachers, five Syrian football coaches living in Zaatari refugee camp – home to over 80,000 Syrian refugees – as well as two participants from ANERA, a new streetfootballworld network member from Lebanon, participated in the workshop. The workshop introduced participants to using football as a tool for good and to the football3 methodology. Ultimately participants gained an understanding of both the basics of football3 and of how the approach can be applied to support the integration of Syrian refugees in the communities surrounding Karak.


Approximately 80% of refugees living in Jordan live outside of refugee camps. While, the Jordanian government and the Ministry of Education is implementing programmes to address the refugee crisis, most of the international aid is going to the camps. Against this backdrop, the workshop was an important tool to train individuals on how to support the social integration of Syrian refugees and improve understanding between refugees and local children.


According to Carine N'koué, project manager of the Asian Football Development Project's programme in Zaatari, it was important for the UEFA Foundation For Children and for the Asian Football Development Project to support the Ministry of Education in this task: “Using football3 as a tool to bring people together from different communities to interact, get to know each other, learn to co-exist, and to respect each other was something really important to us”.


Overall, the participants were very receptive to football3. On the final day of the workshop the coaches had the opportunity to practice what they learned during the previous three days, implementing a football3 tournament for local school children.  At the end of the workshop, each coach received a kit with the necessary equipment to successfully deliver the programme and act as multipliers of the methodology in their schools.


In the end, the project contributes to building peaceful coexistence between Jordanian and Syrian children and youth living in Jordan and will encourage social cohesion by facilitating interaction between Jordanian and Syrian refugee children while playing together in safe spaces such as schools and sport centres.






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