The collaboration between the two institutions reaches the 10-year mark
More than 13,000 children have benefited from the program in
Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
The Barça Foundation and Fundación MAPFRE have renewed their collaboration agreement to implement the Violence Prevention Program in Brazil. The main objective is to support children and young people from vulnerable communities, providing them with spaces and activities that use sport as a tool to teach them about values, foster social inclusion and cohesion, promote female empowerment, and encourage dialogue for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
During the coming year, the plan is to include more than 2,000 children and young people (aged 8-16) from vulnerable communities with high rates of violence in the municipalities of the metropolitan regions of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
In Sao Paulo, the project will run for a minimum of 25 weeks, including two seminars for training staff and transferring methodologies, in collaboration with the Municipal Education Secretariats of Sao Paulo and Guarulhos.
This same program will be run on a weekly basis in the Maré shanty town complex, which has more than 140,000 inhabitants, making it one of the largest in Rio de Janeiro.
10 years of programs in figures
Since its launch in 2011, the program has benefited more than 13,000 children and young people from different communities in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. In addition, more than 500 local teachers have been trained in the FutbolNet methodology of the Barça Foundation.
Five festivals to mark the end of the school year were also held, one of which was attended by former FC Barcelona player Jose Edmílson. These events were organized thanks to the participation of more than 150 volunteers from Fundación MAPFRE.
The FutbolNet methodology developed by the Barça Foundation uses sport, play and physical activity as tools for social integration to help improve the lives of children and young people living in vulnerable situations.
The program promotes values such as hard work, respect, teamwork, humility and ambition, understood from a culture of both individual and group cooperation.