2013 Archive News

South Africans have gathered in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95. Crowds paid tribute, dancing and singing in front of Mr Mandela’s former home in Soweto throughout the night. Flags flew at half mast after President Jacob Zuma announced his death in a late night […]

CIA drone attacks in Pakistan are responsible for unlawful killings, some of which could amount to war crimes, Amnesty International says. Amnesty said it reviewed nine recent drone strikes in North Waziristan and found a number of victims were unarmed. In a separate report looking at six US attacks in Yemen, Human Rights Watch says […]

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal, has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee said it was in honour of the OPCW’s “extensive work to eliminate chemical weapons”. The OPCW, based in The Hague, was established to enforce the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. […]

A European Union funding programme has withdrawn its offer of £18m in financial support for the peace centre at the former Maze prison. The Special European Programmes Body said it had done so after consulting with the lead partner – the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister. They said after the talks they […]

As part of our Peace Day Campaign this year in partnership with Cool FM we have sent a “Message of Peace” from our shores out worldwide and with 1 full day to go until the UN International Day of Peace we are happy to say the message has been liked and shared over 300 times […]

Springmartin ready for sporting weekend! A weekend of celebration is planned for the Springmartin community in West Belfast as they officially open a new 3G mini soccer pitch. The new state of the art facility which includes a multi-purpose surface pitch, floodlighting and fencing, will officially open on Friday 20th September 2013 at 5:30pm.  To […]

Did you know that Saturday 21st September is UN International Day of Peace?  Established in 1981 by the United Nations its aim is to demonstrate a commitment to achieve worldwide peace and to encourage others to work together towards the same goal. With the help of Belfast based charity Springboard Opportunities Limited, people across Northern […]

Not that there wasn’t already plenty of reasons to listen to Northern Ireland’s biggest hit music station COOL FM but starting today all the way up to this years official observance of the UN International Day of Peace, Cool will be running reminders of this year official observance at Belfast City Hall voiced by none […]

As part of our events for the UN International Day of Peace, Springboard’s Sports Coaching London programme will host an Intercommunity Sports Day at Queens PEC Belfast. The group are now beginning final preparations and are very excited about the opportunity to run the event. This cross community event is supported by the Special Olympics Ireland […]

To mark the official UN International Day of Peace, Saturday 21st September, Belfast based charity Springboard Opportunities Ltd has organised an intercommunity Sports Day with Botanic, St Peter’s and Glenwood Primary Schools at Queen’s PEC on Thursday 19th September.  The Sports Day, part of a series of events organised by the charity to help raise […]

The excitement is mounting as we reveal this year’s recipient of the Celebrity Inspiration Award is not only a famous musician with one of the world’s biggest rock bands, but also a graduate of a Springboard programme and is the one and only Jonny Quinn of Snow Patrol. Jonny participated in a Springboard Programme back […]

The US will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom, the civil rights rally at which Martin Luther King Jr made his historic “I have a dream” speech. President Barack Obama is to mark the occasion in Washington DC with an address from the same spot. Members of the King family […]

Today marks the 30 day countdown to this years UN International Day of Peace and Springboards local campaign to raise awareness of this under represented day. It all started in 1981 when the United Nations established the International Day of Peace to ‘strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples’. […]

What are you doing on 21st September 2013? Why not join us and unite with millions of people around the world to celebrate Peace Day and support the message of non-violence where we live, work, learn and play. Peace day events come in all shapes and sizes. Your community group could organise an event.  Or […]

  Springboard always looks forward to marking UN International Day of Peace but this year’s events are set to be even more special; as we are delighted to announce Northern Ireland’s biggest hit music station COOL FM as the official partner of Springboard’s Peace Day Campaign for 2013. With Peace Day falling on a Saturday […]

Nelson Mandela is spending his 95th birthday in hospital in Pretoria, as events take place around the world and in South Africa in his honour. Mr Mandela’s birthday is also Nelson Mandela International Day, a day declared by the UN as a way to recognise the Nobel Prize winner’s contribution to reconciliation South Africans are […]

21st September is a date to mark in your calendar as its the official UN International Day of Peace and the theme for this year is Education for Peace. Belfast based charity Springboard Opportunities Ltd has been helping Northern Ireland celebrate this day since 2007. This year the Charity aim to raise awareness of the […]

Springboard Executive Director, Angila Chada discuses the 2013 Community Inspiration Awards and encourages nominations from the youth sector.  

If you know a young person in the community who deserves recognition for their achievements then Springboard Opportunities Ltd want to hear from you! Nominations are now open for their Inspiration Awards – Community Inspiration Award 2013 – Youth Sector.  The winner will receive their award at Belfast City Hall on Friday 20th September. The […]

13 June 2013 Starting the 100 day countdown to the International Day of Peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on “all combatants around the world to lay down their arms and to give peace a real chance.” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the countdown. The General Assembly first established the International Day […]

A major player in the South African Peace Process will be in Belfast on 28th May to take part in an event remembering former Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine. Roelf Meyer, who in his role as Chief Negotiator for the National Party was intimately involved in the negotiations which saw an end to apartheid […]

The Freedom of Belfast has been conferred on our very own Peace Day Ambassador, Olympic gold medallist Dame Mary Peters. Dame Mary competed in three Olympic Games and five Commonwealth games, her first when she was 18. She won gold in the women’s pentathlon in 1972. The freedom ceremony took take place on Wednesday Belfast […]

he Dalai Lama has said there is “no alternative to the peace process” as he begins a two day visit to Londonderry. “There is no other choice – you have to work and live together so we should not act like animals,” he said. The Tibetan spiritual leader is patron of the Derry-based charity, Children […]

Two US senators have brokered a bipartisan deal to expand background checks on gun buyers, boosting White House hopes for a firearms control law. Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican, unveiled their plans in Washington DC. The proposal would expand criminal background checks for buyers to include gun shows and […]

Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed the Good Friday Agreement as a “truly momentous event” in Northern Ireland’s history, on the 15th anniversary of the accord. The deal, also known as the Belfast Agreement, was signed on 10 April 1998. It followed years of intensive peace talks between political parties in Northern Ireland and the […]

Springboard Executive Director, Angila Chada was recently interviewed on Northern Irelands Q101 radio discussing the Holocaust Educational Project and how the awful events of the Holocaust should not be forgotten and the lessons we here can learn from the history of the Holocaust. Springboard are the delivery agents of the Holocaust Educational Project an exciting […]

North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point. The announcement follows a fresh round of UN sanctions punishing Pyongyang for its nuclear test last month. Earlier, Pyongyang said it had a right to carry out a pre-emptive nuclear strike and […]

On Wednesday night Springboard Opportunities Executive Director, Angila Chada and fellow Northern Irish Philanthropists, Harvey McGrath and Michael McKibbin have been recognised at the prestigious Beacon Awards for Philanthropy. Angila who started the Peace Day Campaign in 2007, was named at a ceremony in London, along with 32 others, including JK Rowling and Sir Ronald Cohen […]

Russia has expressed concern at an alleged Israeli attack on Syria, saying such a strike would be an unacceptable violation of the UN Charter. Syria’s army said Israeli jets had targeted a military research centre north-west of Damascus on Wednesday. It denied reports that lorries carrying weapons bound for Lebanon were hit. Russia has steadfastly […]

The Holocaust Educational Project is an exciting new project funded under the European Union’s PEACE III Programme which is managed on behalf of the Special EU Programmes Body by the North East PEACE III Partnership. The project aims to bring an innovative and alternative perspective to informing people about sectarianism and racism. This project will […]

The International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) of PATRIR is inviting expert professionals, policy makers and practitioners for its upcoming 2013 Advanced Certificate & Executive Leadership Programs. The programmes are designed for UN Missions & Agencies, governments and national and international organisations. IPDTC programmes have been ranked by participants and their agencies as amongst […]

Police in east Belfast have faced a fourth consecutive night of loyalist violence over a decision to limit the days the union flag flies over City Hall. A demonstration took place near the nationalist Short Strand area. But as several hundred protesters made their way back up Castlereagh Street bricks, barriers and bottles were thrown […]

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