Peace at the World Cup

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International youth education and leadership initiative Get the Point Foundation has engaged several prominent football players during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, representing the participating countries to, in their way, paint and interpret a 'Knot Violence Symbol'.

The painted sculptures are on display at several places around South Africa and communicate a global vision of peace and non–violence. The sculptures also create awareness around the Foundation's outreach programme that is taking place at 30 activity hubs in and around Johannesburg and Cape Town. The programme will reach out to in access of 60. 000 youth, mainly in local townships. The campaign is organised in close cooperation with the Foundation's partner TACK Training International, with the Western Cape Education Department and the Gauteng Department for Arts, Sports and Culture and is endorsed by the local World Cup organising committee. Get the Point prepared this event by training 250 Safe School Coordinators and sports coaches in the two cities. The campaign includes daily tournaments, mirroring the FIFA World Cup schedule, the implementation of the Knot Violence educational programme, life skills training and a proven 'train the trainers' programme to secure continuity beyond the World Cup. The Knot Violence–Futbol for Peace Campaign in South Africa will create a strong platform for taking this programme further towards the World Cup in Brazil 2014, where itsr local office already has initiated the preparations for a full fledged outreach programme across South America. Get the Point Foundation's objectives are to inspire, motivate and engage young people in positive action and to reduce youth violence, enabling the next generation to understand how good leadership can make a difference and how they, too, can become leaders and role models themselves. The origin of Get the Point Foundation is the Non–Violence Project which was launched 17 years ago. Its signature logo is the well known 'Non–Violence' symbol – the gun with a knotted barrel. It was originally created in 1980 as a memorial tribute to John Lennon, after he was shot and killed in New York City. Today the 'Non–Violence' sculptures are featured in more than 30 strategic public locations globally, such as; the UN headquarters in New York, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne as well as in Cape Town, Beijing, Miami, Curitiba, Stockholm, Honolulu, Madrid, Washington, Paris and Moscow. 'Non–Violence' has also been on display at iconic historical locations such as at the Berlin Wall, on the day it officially was taken down, at the Red Square during the Perestroika and at Trafalgar Square in London. Some 100m people view the Symbol every year and more than 600m people throughout the world recognise it. It has no religious or political attachment – it is simply the symbol of non–violence for all. The Foundation has a strong track record with 5m students, teachers and sport coaches around the world that have taken part in one or more of its education programmes. The content has been proven to work and is well documented. Its various initiatives have won more than 70 awards for Best Practice. Over the past years the Foundation has invested $35m in violence prevention activities.

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