In 2007, Fight for Peace expanded to the UK and opened an Academy in Newham, east London. The London Academy offers the same Five Pillars programme developed in Rio de Janeiro, as well as training UK based partner organisations in the Fight for Peace methodology as part of the Fight for Peace Alliance.
Based in Newham, Fight for Peace also supports young people from the surrounding boroughs.
Young people can access careers advice as well as work opportunities via the Employability Pillar.
We help young people to gain qualifications so they can go further.
Newham was chosen as the location of the Fight for Peace London Academy due to high levels of youth crime, poverty and a lack of educational attainment. Recent external reports have highlighted these deep seated problems. In 2013, Newham had the 3rd highest level of child poverty of any local authority in the UK at 41%. In 2011/12, the borough had the 3rd highest level of serious youth violence in London. In 2011, 11.6% of young people aged 16 to 24 in the Royal Docks ward, where the Academy is based, had either never worked or were long-term unemployed.