Play for Peace Trainers visited Sri Lanka in March 2018 and conducted Play for Peace trainings in three different cities with almost 70 young peace builders. The youth there were both Singhalese and Tamil, and all of them had seen an abundance of death and destruction. They embraced Play for Peace's methods to the point that they started their own clubs to address local conflicts and violence. Play for Peace gave them powerful tools for transforming negative attitudes and working to create a thriving and peaceful community.
The Center for Peace Building and Reconciliation has invited Swati and Agyat back to Sri Lanka for further training, as well as to follow up regarding the two clubs that have already formed and are active.
"It’s the youth who can change everything in the future. I see a good future for Sri Lanka. My dream is to be a peace builder, but before that I need to be a good Sri Lankan, without any ethnic or racist thoughts. I think peace is possible."
Youth Leader from Mullaitivu
Breeze of Peace Club
Now that we’re one week into Level Up: Race for Humanity, we want to introduce some of the amazing mentors from our Play for Peace clubs who are taking part in this month-long event. We’ll be following their journeys over the next few weeks, to share how they are leveling up in their communities.
While our community in Sri Lanka was greatly affected by the Easter bombings in April 2019, our clubs’ commitment to peace remained strong. Just months after the tragic terrorist attack, we are once again spreading peace to youth in country.
After a recent, tragic terrorist attack in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, certified trainers Swati and Agyat conducted a series of Play for Peace trainings there and have named a new club in the region.