School of Population Health

Peace Centre Myanmar

Peace Centre Myanmar

Football United’s work in Myanmar is increasing with significant impact. Thanks to support from the UEFA Foundation for Children, Myanmar Red Cross and in collaboration with Hpa-an University, SPHCM’s Football United program has just celebrated the ground-breaking of its new Peace Centre in Hpa-an Myanmar.

The proposed Peace Centre is designed to empower university students studying at Hpa-an university in Kayin State, one of the most war-torn states in Myanmar, as local peace promotors in their communities using football’s social power. The youth leaders will introduce football-based grassroots peace, reconciliation and social cohesion initiatives at conflict-affected communities in Kayin State, and will then work with and for their communities to promote social cohesion, peace and reconciliation.

Additionally, the project will allow social service providers in the region to continue to deliver innovative services, like that of sport for community development, in the areas under the control of Ethnic Armed Groups.

In order to determine the impact of the project on social cohesion, grassroots peacebuilding and reconciliation in the community, the project is now a central part of Football United’s Assistant Director Tun Shwe’s PhD research project. Football United will engage with S4DP community, policy makers and scholars about future implementation and replication of the model in other contexts, including other states/regions in Myanmar and international sites.

Contact Name : 
Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste