Rede Brasil celebrates research study results

Research shows positive changes in the behaviour and self-esteem of young people supported by the Fight for Peace training programme

05/08/2015 – Research released during the closing ceremony of the Rede Brasil project – a Fight for Peace National Training Programme, revealed positive results in those organisations which applied social technology and Fight for Peace methodology in their programmes.

Young People from seven organisations, drawn from seven states around Brazil, took part in the study, 82% revealing that they had stopped becoming involved in antisocial behaviour after beginning the programme. Changes were also noted in the attitude and behaviour of these young people, 100% saying that they see themselves having a better future, 95% reporting higher self-confidence and 93% feeling more motivated.

Significant changes were also highlighted regarding the attitudes and behaviour of these young people: 92% reported having better team skills, 91% said that they had more tolerance of and respect for diversity and 84% had considerably improved relationships with their families.

The Gedam team together with their Youth Council.

The Rede Brasil project – sponsored by Petrobras – is part of the Fight for Peace Global Network, which, to date, has trained 135 organisations in 25 countries, supporting a total of more than 250,000 young people across four continents. For Luke Dowdney, Founder and Director of Fight for Peace, the principal focus of the programme is to construct a network which stimulates interaction between organisations doing good work in their respective communities, to stimulate and train young leaders and spread efficient social technology:

The Rede Brasil platform focuses on working together so that we can make our communities better. We should not compete, but rather unite. We search for local leaders within communities and share with them our methodology which has already benefitted more than 6 million people in Brazil”, explained Luke.

The results from those organisations which implement Fight for Peace methodology are swift. One example of this is the Espaço Progredir institution, based in Nova Iguaçu, Rio de janeiro, who had previously had trouble attracting young people who were on the streets. Following the start of boxing and martial arts sessions at the institution:

This situation changed. Despite initial resistance, all young people participate in Culture and Citizenship classes, which seek to develop discussion and critical thinking, and learn about citizens’ rights and responsibilities. It is gratifying to see results like these”, says Diana Bonar, Coordinator of the Rede Brasil project.

The Rede Brasil closing ceremony was held last Monday (3rd) in Rio de Janeiro and was attended by representatives of the seven organisations trained in the Fight for Peace methodology along with their respective Youth Councils. At the event, each organisation had the opportunity to present their work, speak about their experiences of participating in the project and reveal how the training provided had allowed them to create better governance and increase their members.

The organisations which participated in Rede Brasil were: Gedam (Grupo de Ação Desenvolvimento e Apoio ao Menor), Belo Horizonte (MG); Oela (Oficina Escola de Lutheria da Amazônia), Manaus (AM); Instituto Fatumbi e Arte Consciente, Salvador (BA); PAC (Projeto Alegria da Criança), Caucaia (CE); Pbec (Projeto do Bem – Estar Comunitário), Fortaleza (CE); Espaço Progredir, Nova Iguaçu (RJ). These organisations all work to support children and young people in socially vulnerable situations and are located in cities showing high rates of violence, according to the Brazilian Map of Violence.

Find out more about the Global Network.