OFFS for children in Azerbaijan
The Cross Cultures projects in Azerbaijan implements and advocates Open Fun Football Schools and other community-based children’s sport activities to facilitate peace, tolerance, gender equality and inter-ethnic community building.
Azerbaijan is a country located in the South Caucasus region, which became independent in 1991 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. From 1988 until 1994, the country was involved in an ethnic conflict with neighbouring country Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakhian province in Azerbaijan, where the Armenian majority wanted to unite with Armenia. The war had up to 30,000 causalities.
Self-organisation and Fun-Football Festivals in residential areas for Azerbaijani children
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan has transformed from a plan economy into a major oil based economy. According to the 2009 census, ethnic minorities in Azerbaijan represent 8.9% of the population including Lezgins, Russians, Georgians, Jews and Armenians, the latter of whom almost all live in the disputed Nargorno-Karabakhian province. 95% of the population is Muslim. Sport is generally an important part of Azerbaijani culture with football being the most popular sport.
Cross Cultures is conducting the education of coaches and leaders in cooperation with neighbouring Armenia and Georgia. The OFFS-program is mainly organising activities in the countryside, where recreational activities for children are few. Among these activities is the new project “Football in School Yards” where CCPA is organising Self-organisation and Fun-Football Festivals in residential areas.
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Facts about Azerbaijan
Total population: 9,780,780 (July 2015 est.)
Share of children and youth under 25: 39.41%
Youth unemployment: 13.6% (2015)
Share of women in the labour market: 48.6%
Refugee population: 1,357 people (2015)
Football players (registered/unregistered): 19,670/286,700
Clubs with women’s teams: 0
Our work in the country 1998-2016
First year CCPA worked in the country: 2004
Main focus areas: Reconciliation, peace building, gender equality
Football clubs established: 147
Children involved: 27,914
Football Festivals: 96
Children attended: 21,765
Open Fun Football Schools conducted: 10
Children attended Open Fun Football Schools: 1,920
Volunteers involved: 260
Volunteers educated: -
Parents involved: 369
Parents’ workshops conducted: 17
Fun Festivals conducted:
Children attended Fun Festivals:
Number of municipalities Cross Cultures is present in: 10
Local schools involved: 62