Chile is the Children’s Rights World Champion!

Chile is the Children’s Rights World Champion! After 27 tournaments, 811 points scored on the global table, and hundreds of workshops worldwide about street football and children’s rights, Chile has earned the title of 2016 champion!

The Children’s Rights World Cup kicked off in March 2016 in Cambodia and toured around the world before ending shortly before Christmas in northern Brazil. There were tournaments, diverse workshops, public presentations, and street football events at schools, youth centres, and community centres at KICKFAIR (Germany), Chigol (Chile), Formaçao (Brazil), Salt Academy/Mighty Girls (Cambodia), Espérance (Rwanda), Hodi (Kenya), Peres Center for Peace (Israel/Palestine), Centro para el desarollo de la inteligencia, and Paí Pukú (both in Paraguay).

All events were connected through the jointly developed action guide, which was produced in German and translated into English, Spanish, and Portuguese, with the support of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior. With the help of this guide, participants experienced the global dimension of the project while also discussing the local significance of children’s rights. What are the rights of the child? How are they implemented at home and in other parts of the world? What do they have to do with street football?

Participants regularly posted their activities on Facebook, therefore identifying and creating connections to the shared project over many months. The focus always remained on the shared global table and the collection of match points on the way to the top.

The 2016 Children’s Rights World Cup ended with the last tournament in Brazil. Over the course of the year, however, all partners integrated these concepts into their daily work on the ground: street football and children’s rights – the topic continues.

International cooperation for the project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior on the basis of a decision put forth by the German parliament.