Red Cards but Peace Reigns

The 110 children from the eight Protestant and Catholic primary schools taking part in the Goal for Peace Project came together on Tuesday 31st May and got a chance to take part in the ground breaking Show Racism the Red Card programme.

The Goal for Peace Project started in October 2010 and is led by Leitrim County Development Board with the main funding coming from the International Fund for Ireland (IFI). The project has proved to be tremendously successful with the children, parents and clubs. Goal for Peace gives everyone involved the opportunity to work together by learning sport skills, peace building games and ways of enabling clubs to be more attractive to both religions.

On the 31st May the children involved from the eight Protestant and Catholic primary schools took part in the Show Racism the Red Card Programme. The programme introduced the children to ways of dealing with racism caused by religious differences and also looked at ways of helping to promote integration and interaction by showing a DVD on racism and taking part in an education workshop. The children then took part in fun games and activities promoting integration and reemphasised the themes discussed in the education workshop.

The Goal for Peace Project has exposed the children to a number of programmes that link directly with the national curriculum. “The Show Racism the Red Card programme was an excellent day as it raised awareness and improved the children’s understanding of the various forms of racism.’ stated Michelle Lowe from the Marist National School in Carrick on Shannon. 

On the club development side of the project the Financial Management Workshop was held on Thursday 5th May and was covered by Paul Martyn from the FAI. The Financial Management Workshop focused on financial management for small clubs and the role of the treasurer within the club. The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for clubs to ask questions and share ideas.

‘We are delighted with the progress made in this innovative project. The Schools Development and Club Development Programmes in the project has proved a tremendous success and the project is making massive progress in developing and maintaining long lasting relationships between Catholics and Protestants in Leitrim’ stated Nollaig Whyte from Leitrim County Development Board.

The focus now turns to the Club Development side of the project with the aim to help the children mix outside school by encouraging participation in the FAI Summer Camps and also grow and develop the club structures. 2011 has proved to be a very exciting time for everyone involved in the Goal for Peace Project and with a number of very exciting events planned for 2011/2012 the project will continue to make a difference in the community in Leitrim.  

If you want to know more about Gaol for Peace and how it can help your club, you can contact Stephen Cassidy, Project Co-ordinator on 071 9650496 or email scassidy@leitrimcoco.ie

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