Play for Peace is a group of people united by a dream of peace for our children—today and tomorrow—and guided by our mission and core values. Each of our communities creates the interventions most relevant to their needs and connects with the global learning community for learning, inspiration, and support.
Quite simply, where Play for Peace exists, peace itself grows.
Youth-led cooperative play has the power to bring together people from different nationalities, religions, and backgrounds to find common ground, build friendships, and create a more peaceful world.
Play for Peace is more than a program or handbook of activities. It is a community that has been transformed by actions inspired by our methodology and sustained by local leadership, empowered youth, and regional organizations. Guided by our mission and core values of cooperation, inclusion, caring, and fun, community members do more than participate in the Play for Peace process; the process becomes a part of them.
Cooperative play is a universal way for people to come together and learn. It creates a gateway to moments when differences are celebrated, friendships are created, and we see what connects us rather than what divides us. We use play as an experiential learning tool and a catalyst for inspiring people from different cultures to reach across barriers and boundaries. When ready, groups move "beyond play" and begin to include community service learning components to their interactions, effectively solving community issues together.
Any time, day or night, Play for Peace is happening somewhere in the world. In 60+ communities around the globe—each with its own diverse characteristics, talents, and resources—our work is transforming lives, all while bringing richness and creativity to our diverse global learning community.
Click on each of the countries to learn about its unique challenges and our ongoing efforts to create peace.
Youth and adult leaders feel that Play for Peace helps them feel more moments of joy and hope.
Youth and adult leaders feel that they are a more compassionate person since joining Play for Peace.
Play for Peace youth leaders report having made more friends from different backgrounds since joining Play for Peace.
Residents surveyed feel that Play for Peace helps their communities be more compassionate.