President of Indonesia pops by for kickaround at Newham school
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Dozens of young students enjoyed a kickabout while the president of Indonesia looked on during a special event to promote peace worldwide.
Chobham Academy – in Stratford’s East Village – played host to Joko Widodo, leader of the Southeast Asian country, which is the fourth most populous in the world.
The day was organised by charity Football for Peace Global, which hopes to empower young people with skills they can use to break down religious, ethnic and social barriers and become “ambassadors for peace”.
During yesterday’s event, which was also attended by British government officials, Chobham students even managed to snatch a selfie with “Jokowi”.
Football for Peace’s CEO, Jayraj Jadeja, praised the “power of football” in bringing together people of diverse communities.
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“Through promoting our core values of integration, equality and diversity, we aim to equip young people with the confidence and skills to inspire positive social change not only in London and the UK, but also Indonesia and across the world,” he said.
Also present was Pakistan-capped Kashif Siddiqi, who was born in Hammersmith, plays for Northampton Town FC and founded Football for Peace.
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“Football for Peace harnesses the ability of sport to transcend borders, languages and cultural divides, uniting people who might otherwise have stood on opposite sides of the track,” he said.
The charity has attracted many high-profile supporters, including Prince William, Pele, Ronaldhino, Alexis Sanchez and many others.