Its premier aim is to promote non-violence as a way of live.
What makes this story so exhilarating is that the Plea for Peace is a collection of poems.
It is written by Coxson about world peace icons like Mahatma Gandhi, Nobel Peace Laureates like Martin Luther King, JR., Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, The Dalai Lama and Malala Yousafzai and war survivors like Victor Frankl, Ceija Stojka and Kim Phuc
“The poetry is a celebration of life, the will to live, the strength to overcome adversity, the quest for justice and embracing life,” said Coxson.
PfPPM works with school learners in Khayelitsha and Manenberg. It uses poetry, music, song, dance, cricket and tennis to educate learners in committing themselves to non-violence, in avoiding crime and to say no to gangs.
These learners live in areas where violent crime is ongoing.
They are exposed to gangsterism, gang violence, gunfire, killing and drugs daily.
“Primary school children in grade three can tell you what type of gun is used from the sound of the shot,” Coxson said.
Western Province and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras joined forces with PfPPM to bring mini-cricket to Manenberg primary schools during the first term of 2017.
Through the assistance of Clinton du Preez, director: amateur cricket of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA), and the coach Mark Khoabane, six primary schools each received a KFC mini cricket set. The set contains a bat, pads, gloves and protective gear.
In all, 25 educators from seven schools were trained over three sessions to score and manage intra- and inter-schools cricket games.
The seventh school will receive its kid during the third term.
A mini cricket-festival – to be coordinated by Khoabane – involving boys and girls from the seven schools, is planned for the first week of November 2017.
Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the WPCA, and Khoabane are keen on expanding the number of schools in the third term that can be impacted by PfPPM as well as receive cricket training and skills.
The schools already trained are Edendale, Manenberg, Red River, Rio Grande, Saambou, Silverstream and Sonderend.
“A PfPPM initiative named Non-violence Vocal, will be launched in association with Western Province cricket and the Cape Cobras at the head office of WP on 7th August.
“Its premier aim is to educate the public in the bigger Cape Peninsula area and to draw their attention to the daily, ongoing violence plaguing the learners and residents on the Cape Flats,” Coxson said.
“So far, we have been working with kids at the Manenberg Primary School and the Iqhayiya Secondary School in Khayelitsha.
“We have used poetry, song and dance and to instil in learners the freedom and power of the mind to endorse and embrace non-violence as a way of life,” said Coxson.
“We have 46 learners at Manenberg Primary School involved with PfPPM and 67 at the school in Khayelitsha,” said Coxson.
Coxson completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Masters’ degree in Business Administration at the George Washington University in the USA. He worked in business development, entrepreneurship and small business growth from 1988 to 2009.
His work had taken Coxson to Turkey, Haiti, Zaire, Kenya, Cairo and the United States.
Frankl said that everything can be taken from a man but one thing – the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
A survivor of World War Two and a neuro-surgeon, the strength of the mind of Frankl was inspirational.
And Coxson and his wife are focused on equipping kids in crime-ridden areas with techniques to say no to violence.
“We equip them with social problem-solving skills. We use the mind and assist learners to understand that drug usage is wrong and that problems can be solved through discussions without resorting to violence,” he said.
In Manenberg, the past holiday, two of their sessions with the children were interrupted by gun-fire.
In the last session, the children and the Coxson-family had to cancel the session because they were warned of impending violence.
Dien said cricket is one of the most beloved sports in South Africa and cricket coaches play pivotal roles in developing life-skills, discipline, character and in instilling new dreams and inspirations in the heart of talented learners.
“Players like Vernon Philander and JP Duminy did not grow up without their challenges, and had to overcome adversity to become South African players. They are living monuments to the power of the mind to overcome setbacks and to become admired Protea-stars,” he said.
“We are excited about the association with Robin, his family and PfPPM to establish a culture of non-violence and peaceful existence on the Cape Flats and in the townships,” said Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA.
“We are unwavering in our commitment to increase awareness and assistance from the broader society to eradicate the scourges of violence, gangsterism and drug-use from society,” he added.
PfPPM has been part of the World's Children's Prize (WCP) Homecoming performance at the Artscape for the past three years.
On 28th May, four learners from Manenberg Primary, four from Iqhayiya High and one from Bishops (Primary) performed the "I Dream of Peace" poem, accompanied by piano and saxophone.
The WCP, the children's version of the Nobel Peace Prize, is annually hosted by Queen Silvia of Sweden. It promotes children's rights across the globe. PfPPM has been asked perform two poetry pieces in 2018 at the Artscape (scheduled for Sunday, 17 June 2018).