Soccer for Peace is proud that we were able to go forward with our Goals of Peace camp this year despite the complicated security situation in the region.
We are confident that now, more than ever, the camp will build bridges and friendships that will help change the face of the conflict in the future.
Soccer for Peace’s 2014 Goals of Peace summer camp was held from August 3-6 at Nir HaEmek Youth Village in the Wadi Ara region of Israel. For 4 days and 3 nights, 80 children ages 11-13 participated in soccer practices, scrimmages, and tournaments, cultural field trips, and dialogue and educational programming. The camp consisted of mixed groups, both Jews and Arabs, with each team led by Jewish and Arab counselors and a soccer coach.
The soccer practices were accompanied by educational dialogue, problem solving and group activities covering the topics of identity and “the other”. The camp also served as a great social outlet for the campers who had access to the youth village’s pool and cultural activities.
During the last day of camp, the whole camp traveled to a local synagogue in Kfar Pines, where they learned about Judaism and Jewish prayer. The campers continued on to visit a mosque in Umm al Kutuf where they learned about Islam and Ramadan.
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