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Colombia has the second highest number of child victims of landmines in the world. In 1997, Colombia signed the Mine Ban Treaty and set the goal to become mine-free in 2021. It has become an international and national chase to make this goal a reality.
31 out of 32 departments in the country are classified as mine-contaminated and in Colombia one-third of landmine victims are children.
While Colombia pushes towards being mine-free, Spirit of Soccer have been pioneering their unique programme that upskills local coaches in a football curriculum to educate children and increase landmine awareness. In Partnership with Find A Better Way, founded by Laureus Academy Member Sir Bobby Charlton, Spirit of Soccer are reaching over 3,000 youth and training 30 coaches each year.