Girls with Goals in Kazungula

We had a great time with over 170 girls and young women at a sports day in Nyawa Village in Kazungula District of Southern Province. Together with Response Network, a community facilitation organisation, our Goal Leaders ran sport based awareness sessions with participants aged from 10 – 22 years old. The event focused on play and some sports activities within the framework of Goal Programme. The girls played games used to facilitate discussions on health, hygiene, and financial literacy.

Some discussions included reflections on day to day life that make up the local culture and how this makes it possible or not for girls to participate in sport. The girls had fun and learnt some new information and fun games. It was equally a great experience for the organisations and the facilitators to work with the girls and communities in Nyawa, which is different from the urban communities we often work in.

An important issue that was made apparent to us was that there are few sports programmes and activities available in many areas of Kazungula. For example, most the girls had to walk distances of about 10km from the neighbouring villages to reach Nyawa Village Football Field where the event was hosted.

One of the participants said they “look forward to such programs being introduced in other villages because it’s of great importance that young girls see the value of education and how sport can be used to learn”.

Organisations such as Response Network focus on supporting local residents in the villages to learn to run sport activities and clubs so they can have activities locally.  Having sports events and facilities within a short distance of residences is important as it then makes it easier to fit play and sport into the day to day activities of girls as well as minimise safety concerns.

NOWSPAR continues to cooperate with Response Network through programmes including the Youth Sport Exchange Programme as well as mutual sharing on practices in sport for development in Zambia.

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International Women’s Day 2016

This year’s International Women’s Day commemoration was about sharing the vision of getting to equality by the year 2030 and celebrating the partnerships that we have and are building to sustain this work. And of course some physical activity!

Getting Fit to Step Up for Equality

In collaboration with the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) we held two (2) hours of aerobics sessions on 7th March to promote physically active lifestyles. The sessions were provided free of charge to all and we had about 200 women, men, boys and girls participating and experiencing the joy of movement.

Celebrating our work taking Girls to Higher Heights 

Our partner Standard Chartered Bank (SCB)  held a Women’s Day celebration event at their London office on 8th March. The event was hosted by the SCB Women’s Network and our International Adviser Ms. Lombe Mwambwa was one of the Guest Speakers. She shared with the staff present what the Goal Program is about in Zambia, the influences it has on girls’ lives and the community.

The Bank’s Group CEO Mr. Bill Winters opened the event and spoke of the Banks commitment to achieving parity, within the Bank and by supporting programs such as Goal. The other guest speaker was Ms. Ebony Rainford-Brent who was the first black woman to play Cricket for England, winning the Ashes and the World Cup, she spoke of the power of sport to provide opportunity and positive life experiences and choices.

Standard Chartered Bank supports us through Women Win to deliver Goal, this year we are reaching 2,500 girls and young women with sport and life skills.

Building a Women Sport Africa Network 

The Working Group of the Women Sport Africa Network (WSA) held it’s second meeting in Uganda on 9th – 10th March 2016 to move forward the effort to build an Africa wide network of women in sport. The Working Group is chaired by NOWSPAR founder and Executive Director Ms. Matilda Mwaba in her capacity as Africa Representative to the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG). The Women Sport Africa Network is supported by the IWG and will be hosting an Africa, Women and Sport Conference in October this year.

Playing Free in Choma!

‘It takes a village to raise a child’ so the community of Choma gathered to celebrate the launch of the Play Free! Project at Choma Children’s Development Programme. The project is aimed at contributing to the protection and safeguarding of children’s rights through sport.

Brave Hingombe, one of the children in the programme, gave a speech saying:

I am very happy to participate in this event, we should play more sports and games. I encourage all children to report any abuse to their family, school or coaches.

Brave

The Children presented a poem about the rights that both girls and boys have to sport. Another poem was about the effects of HIV/AIDS on the community.

Speaking on behalf of NOWSPAR, Ms. Mofu Kandondo highlighted the importance of the partnerships within the project that includes the CBOs, government department and media organisations as all are part of the society in which children develop.

In his speech declaring the opening of the project, the representative of the District Education Board Secretary Mr. Makani  said:

Sport is a key aspect that broadens the child’s education, the Ministry of Education is very pleased with the move by two organisation to work with the education sector in helping fight for the rights of children.

The guest of honor, all the officials, and parents were invited to play two games from the project so they can have a feel of the children’s activities and the information in the games.

Play Free- Parents Playing Goal Game

 

Newly trained Goal Facilitator Mrs. Barbra Malawo said:

This programme is important because children need their rights protected. I am glad we have this training to help us work with the children to play and protect them.

During the Sport Policy Forum held in Choma in September 2015, NOWSPAR had agreed to support sport and lifeskills development programmes in  the Southern Province.

The Provincial Sports Coordinator from the Ministry of Youth Sport and Child Development Mr. Kennedy Mubanga said:

The Ministry is supportive of community sport development programs and is pleased that Choma District is starting this project. It is part of the Ministry’s work to encourage such developments and provide the  policy support as needed, so keep calling on us.

To close the event, we had musical performance by a local artist, and prayers.

The project provides sport and lifeskill development for children and youth using Goal activities. Facilitates engagement of community members, government and civil society in the local community.

The Play Free! Project activities in Choma are supported by Kindernothilfe (Translated: Supporting Children in Need), a development cooperation organisation based in Germany. BICC-CCDP is a Community Based Organisation in Choma that works to promote children’s rights and development.

Liverpool F.C Women Scoring Goals with Goal Girls!

LiverpoolIt was all fun and excitement on 19th of February at NASDEC in Lusaka because we had Martha Harris, Rosie White and Kate Longhurst from Liverpool F.C here to spend a morning with our Goal girls playing football and doing Goal sessions.

The event was  graced by the Director of Sport in the Ministry of Sport and Youth Ms. Bessie Chelemu, Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Corporate Affairs Manager Ms. Christine Matambo, the General Secretary of the National Sports Council of Zambia, Col. Chitambo and the Director of NOWSPAR Ms. Matilda Mwaba.

When the speeches had been said, the rest of the time was spent doing Be Money Savvy Goal Games and practicing football skills and moves. The Goal girls at the event received football boots and jerseys for their continued football practice. The Goal girls are members of our implementing partner organisations, 20 girls are part of Life Skills Foundation in Garden Chilulu Compound, 10 girls were Goal graduates from New Mtendere School and we had 15 of our Goal Facilitators participating in the event.

The event started on a joyous note with some entertainment from the Goal girls and ended with everyone mutually inspired and energised to reach higher heights through Goal.

 

Community Coaches’ Training in Kitwe and Kafue

Following the graduation of Premier Skills Coach Educators in September 2015, NOWSPAR with the support from British Council in Zambia is providing training to the Community Coaches in our implementing partner organisations.

The training at the NOWSPAR Club in Kitwe was held from 21st to 23rd January 2016 at Good Samaritan Community School. Of the 24 participants 10 were female, 9 were male youth and 5 were male teachers. The trainning was facilitated by two premier skills coach trainers Elizabeth Banda from Grassroots Soccer and Jason Miti from OYDC.

In Kafue, with our partner Kafue Queens Club, 15 coaches were trained at the training that took place on the 4th to the 6th of February 2016 in Shikoswe and was facilitated by Trainer Jason Miti from OYDC supported by Maketo Ng’ombe from NOWSPAR.

Premier Skills focuses on community football coach and referee development aimed at supporting grassroots level activities. The coaches we train work in community clubs, schools, churches, and NGOs running sport activities and life skills sessions for children and youth. This is part of NOWSPAR’s strategy to facilitate opportunity to fun, safe and good quality sport at community level for every body.

The next coaches’ training will be held in Choma with coaches working at our two new partners; Choma Children’s Development Programme (CCDP) and Mabana Organisation.

 

International Day of the Girl

DSC_0035Our Advocacy Officer Mofu Kandondo was on national television ZNBC ‘Sport On’ programme to discuss the International Day of the Girl Child which falls on 11th October every year. The International Day of the Girl Child promotes human rights for girls and further highlights gender inequality and its impact on girls. The 2015 commemoration theme is: ‘the Power of the Adolescent in Sports- Vision 2030’.  Zambia’s vision for 2030 is that ‘80% of the population in Zambia will have access to a sport of their choice’.

Below are some thoughts from the interview and the discussion among our Goal Programme facilitators and staff.

Girls want to do sport. Girls like to play, but our communities stand in the way. Our girls are denied their right to sport because they either have to do house chores or they are left to care for their young ones hence limiting the time they have for sports. It is important for them to participate like this in their families, what we need is families to enable the girls have time to play sport. Some girls are not supported by their parents or guardians because some parents feel they will stop concentrating at school or they would rather marry them off so they need to behave in a grown up way. Other challenges are that some communities do not have enough sport spaces so girls have to go far to do sport which in some cases in unsafe.

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Goal Programme Graduates 2012

So achieving Vision 2030 requires sport organizations and communities to make sport safe for girls. We need to ensure there are standards of conduct that prevent abuse. We should invest in the development of girls’  leadership so they can lead sport by 2030. We should provide them with role models and treat them with equal dignity and respect with boys. Adolescents are important to our Country, and they are at a critical stage in their lives, we should ensure they have access to reproductive health education and services.

This year’s International Day of the Girl means a lot for us in the sports world and sports programmes for girls. It is high time girls take part in competitive sports for fun and excellence. It is also important to look back on the successes that the girls have had so far.

This day is timely, as global leaders agree on the Sustainable Development Goals, we have to consider what the Goals will mean for girls, how will girls’ lives change and what can we do as sport organisations to broaden opportunities and possibilities for girls and their communities.

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Goal Facilitators discussing Day of the Girl

We can start with basic provision of diverse and safe opportunities for girls involvement in sport both for personal development and overall wellbeing.

As NOWSPAR we commemorated this day by hosting a sports and life skills event for 200 girls at Kasis Girls Secondary School, media interviews on radio and TV. We also ran a Girls’ Forum for our Young Women Leaders who work with girls where they shared their knowledge about this day, girls rights and how they can help raise awareness. This is in order to provide a platform for development of advocacy skills and confidence.

Read about our events for International Day of the Girl Child 2014 here.

Coach Educator and Community Coaches Awarded Football Coaching Certificates

Coach Educators

Coach Educators

On 25th September 2015, One of our Young Women in Sport Leaders Mirriam Nanyiza was among the 10 community coaches that graduated from being community coaches to Coach Educators.

Mirriam Nanyiza and other community coaches from Sport in Action, Edusport, Baulenin United, Grassroot Soccer and Olympic Youth Development Centre have been undergoing a training in football development and coaching. The coach Educator course is run by the British Council under the Premier Skills Programme and has been running since 2014.

Premier Skills focuses on community level football development. The project is aimed at using football as a tool to engage young people and community leaders. It is believed that Football or any sport can be used to address challenges or issues that affect young people such as HIV/AIDS education, drug abuse, peer pressure and many more.

Miriam (in red) with the 10 Community coaches

Miriam (in red) with the 10 Community coaches

In the final phase of Premier Skills which is Phase 3 stage 3, the 10 Coach Educators had to train other community coaches who have minimum experience in football coaching. NOWSPAR brought 10 Community Coaches to this training.

The 10 Community Coaches were from various partners that NOWSPAR works with including Mabana Organisation in Choma, Kafue Queens, Liteta GirlPower Community Club, Kitwe Sports Club and the Deaf Sports Association in Matero Lusaka.

After the 4 days training, the 10 community coaches were awarded Football coaching certificates.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to be trained as a football coach” said Lubaya a girl from the Deaf Sports Development Organisation.

Mirriam Nanyinza has been Volunteering with NOWSPAR for 2 years and has developed as one of the leaders in the Goal Programme. Earlier this year Mirriam had received a Grant from the British Council to run a training Course for Coaches she works with in NOWSPAR.

This year, Mirriam is based in Norway, at the Sound Folk College as part of the Youth Sport Exchange Programme (YSEP) by NIF and Fredskopset (FK).