A boxing academy pioneer who has devoted himself to helping some of Brazil’s most disadvantaged young people has been given an honourary degree by the University of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh graduate Luke Dowdney, who founded the Fight For Peace charity in Rio de
Janerio in 2000, received an honorary degree at a ceremony in the McEwan Hall today.
The organisation uses boxing and mixed martial arts as a way to engage with children, many of whom live in the city’s sprawling housing schemes, the favelas.
The initiative grew out of research that Mr Dowdney conducted for his Masters degree in
social anthropology at Edinburgh. His studies focused on the violence suffered by street
children in Brazil, many of whom find themselves drawn into a violent world of drug gangs.
Fight For Peace – which has since set up a second base in London – has mentored thousands
of young people towards an education.
Mr Dowdney, who will receive a Doctor honoris causa, was captain of the University boxing
team and a British Universities Light-Middleweight champion. He is also the author of
Children of the Drug Trade: a case study of children in organised armed violence.
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