Generations For Peace Institute partners with the University of the Western Cape
Unique postgraduate scholarships to boost African research in sport-based approaches to conflict transformation
21 January 2014 - Amman, Jordan: Prestigious postgraduate scholarship opportunities were announced today as part of a new partnership between the Generations For Peace Institute and the University of the Western Cape’s Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sport Science and Development (ICESSD). This exciting programme offers a rare opportunity for PhD candidates to conduct research on Sport for Peace and Development, with a specific focus on sport–based approaches to conflict transformation addressing local issues of conflict and violence at the grass roots in communities.
The partnership continues the Generations For Peace Institute’s investment in local research hubs to support innovation, quality, impact and sustainability of its programmes in different continents. Recognising the limited opportunities available to students in Africa to progress to PhD studies, the scholarships will be a valuable boost to local research.
Highlighting the importance of these scholarships, Prof. Dr. Marion Keim, Director of ICESSD said: "We are excited to partner with Generations For Peace to promote research, teaching and community engagement in the crucial area of Sport for Peace and Development to empower our students and to foster social change, and to live up as much as we can and wherever we are to Nelson Mandela’s legacy."
Commenting on the significance of this partnership, Prof. Brian O’Connell, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Western Cape stated: "In South Africa, we know that young people can be a powerful force for positive change. Indeed young people taking action to improve the life of the nation are a significant part of our history. This makes us particularly excited to be partnered with Generations For Peace to continue the South African journey of building a better nation and world.
HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace said: "We are delighted to partner with such a respected educational institution and looking forward to welcoming the selected candidates. Learning and education are at the heart of our organisation, and we are confident that the scholarship holders will be a great asset in our efforts to support positive change in local communities facing conflict and violence.
Emphasising the organisation’s commitment to this partnership and the direct link between research and programmes, Sarah Kabbani Al-Feisal, Co-Founder and President of Generations For Peace, said: "The partnership is an important step in the Institute’s development and engagement in conflict transformation. Significant research of this kind will reinforce the impact of our programmes in Africa. Candidates for the scholarships are expected to demonstrate an ability to support capacity building of local actors in community-level conflict transformation programmes, helping participants to better evaluate their activities."
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About Generations For Peace
Generations For Peace (GFP) is a Jordan-based global non-profit organisation founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and Sarah Kabbani Al Feisal, dedicated to sustainable peace building and conflict transformation through sport, arts, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment.
By providing unique training and continuous support and mentoring to volunteer leaders of youth, GFP empowers them to lead and cascade change in their communities, promoting active tolerance and responsible citizenship and working at the grass roots to address local issues of conflict and violence.
Different contexts include inter-tribal, inter-ethnic, and inter-religious violence; gender inequality; post-conflict trauma response, reconciliation and reintegration; exclusion of minorities including IDPs, refugees and people with a disability; and challenges of integration in multi-cultural societies. Conflict sensitivity, and the full participation and empowerment of girls and women, are integrated into GFP’s approach.
GFP uses sport as an entry point to engage with children and youth, and our carefully-facilitated sport-based games provide a vehicle for integrated education and behaviour change. In addition to our sport-based approaches, GFP has also developed arts, advocacy, dialogue, and empowerment activities to support conflict transformation with children, youth and adults in different contexts.
In the last six years, we have trained and mentored more than 8,300 volunteer leaders of youth in 50 countries and territories in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. With our support, their ongoing programmes address local issues of conflict and violence, and have touched the lives of more than 213,000 children, youth and adults.
GFP is listed in the "Top 100 NGOs in the World" for 2013 by The Global Journal. The ranking assesses non-governmental organisations according to innovation, impact, and sustainability.
About Generations For Peace Institute:The Generations For Peace Institute was established in 2010 as the research and development arm of GFP. Based in Amman, Jordan, the Institute works in collaboration with GFP programmes, and with Georgetown University, the University of Oxford, and the University of the Western Cape, to lead and support collaborative multi-disciplinary research, and to share knowledge and best practices across the peace-building community.
As a thought leader in the field, the Institute’s impact is demonstrated directly in GFP’s own programme delivery and the organisation’s focus on continuous learning and development to drive innovation and ever-greater quality, impact and sustainability.
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