Today, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland (PPI-NI) will commemorate Peace Day 2011 by delivering its Open College Network (OCN) course in “Understanding Diversity Through Sport” to secondary school students who are participating in the Young Enterprise Northern Ireland’s (YENI) Knowledge through Enterprise for Youth (KEY) programme. Supported by the International Fund for Ireland, and operated in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, the residential programme is a cross-community, cross-border initiative that targets young people aged 14-16 years who may be at risk of disengagement.
Peace Day 2011 and the “One Day, One Goal” campaign is the brainchild of Jeremy Gilley (filmmaker and founder of Peace One Day) and aims to create an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. As a key driver towards the institutionalisation of Peace Day, Peace One Day is calling for a day of ceasefire and non-violence on Peace Day 21 September 2012 – aptly referred to as the “Global Truce”.
This afternoon, 36 participants from Downshire, St Colmans Kilkeel and Finn Valley Stranorlar, Donegal will come together in Belfast to explore the potential of sport as a tool to promote diversity and unite communities.
PPI-NI is delighted to be lending its support to this fantastic initiative. Through our involvement with the Sport for Truce campaign and our work with YENI, we are very much looking forward to playing our part in highlighting the 365-day countdown to the Global Truce.