The idea of the event consists in drawing attention of the general public to the urgent issues of searching for dialogue and mutual understanding, the need to live in peace. International Children’s Social Program Football for Friendship launched in 2013 actively helps to overcome barriers and stereotypes standing between various countries and people. Young participants from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka shared their ideas on how to make the world better and discussed it with Sebastian Buntkirchen, the Managing Director of Schalke hilft! Foundation, and Omar Mascarell, the Captain of FC Schalke 04.
“I love football since I was a child. I would like to see this remarkable game available to everyone who wants to play football and build career in it. It gives equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of nationality and race, social status, gender, wealth. The most important principles of football are the major principles of mankind. The special understanding of it came to the world in 2020, when the pandemic lifted the values of partnership and empathy to a new level”, FC Schalke 04 Captain Omar Mascarell notes.
“I have been participating in the Football for Friendship programme for three years already. There play football and try ourselves in journalism, but it is not the most important thing. We communicate, find new friends, share our emotions and ideas. We learn and show by our example how to build relationships, what values to focus on and how to live in peace together», the Young Ambassador from Pakistan, 15-year-old Yusuf Moazzam says.
The results of the conversation will be conveyed to the United Nations.
Please watch the video of the conversation here: https://youtu.be/LZhV_4u6xDk