Peace and reconciliation through rugby

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Peace and reconciliation through rugby

Friends of Rwandan Rugby (FoRR) announces an opportunity for UK schools to participate in a 7s tournament in Kigali in 2018. 

Friends of Rwandan Rugby (FoRR) is a small charity that teaches the skills and values of rugby to boys and girls in some of the most impoverished regions of Rwanda.

FoRR’s mission is to promote reconciliation through sport, using rugby to build trust, friendships and shared experiences on the rugby field. Rugby as a sport was introduced to Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. It is a very young sport, having only been played for around 12 years at any level, however it is a unifying force in Rwanda as it has none of the legacy associated with some of the other sports.

There is a big role for sport in healing wounds left from social conflict and upheaval – this is increasingly recognised by leading academics and the UN. Rugby is a powerful sport for building trust & fostering shared experience and FoRR believe that rugby can be used as a social-fabric building tool, especially in a country such as Rwanda which has been working to build the unity destroyed by the events of the early 1990s.

Rwanda now has one of the fastest developing economies on the African continent and has rapidly improving healthcare and education systems. The country's recent history, and the background to this period of upheaval and dramatic change, also provides a great learning environment to explore European colonial history and international development politics from a unique perspective.

The Rwandan Rugby Federation (RRF) was granted full membership status by the World Rugby Council (WRC) in 2015 and new senior teams are being created across the country. Development funds are now filtering into grass roots sport.

FoRR are taking applications from UK schools to participate in a tournament in Rwanda

Download the brochure for more information.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]

 

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Andy Brook

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Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 23:00