Mine Risk Education (MRE)
Spirit of Soccer educates people about the dangers of landmines and ERW (Explosive Remnants of War) and gives them the skills to stay safe through our unique Mine Risk Education (MRE) curriculum.
We select school teachers, soccer coaches and community leaders and train them in youth development, Mine Risk Education (MRE), understanding trauma and first aid.
Our multi-award winning Mine Risk Education (MRE) program uses soccer games and drills to deliver internationally-approved safety messages in a fun, inclusive environment.
Spirit of Soccer’s curriculum revolves around four vital safety messages:
1. Keep Away – How to recognize areas likely contaminated by landmines and Explosive Remnants of War
2. Don’t Touch – How to recognize and avoid the weapons and Explosive Remnants of War children might encounter
3. Report – Who to contact in the event of encountering landmines and Explosive Remnants of War
4. Communicate – How to pass on the messages they have learned to friends and family
We deliver these messages through clinics in schools, communities and camps for refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) and support our direct education by distributing soccer balls, posters and schoolbooks featuring international soccer stars and Mine Risk Education messages that children take home and share with their friends and family. We also hold regular Mine Risk Education festivals where we engage the whole community.
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