Localised Goal Event in Kalingalinga

Featured imageA Localised Goal Event was held on the 21 April 2015 at Kalingalinga St Francis parish with 50 participants girls between the ages 12 to 20.

The girls gained information on health, rights, mapping resources through the games Hygiene Tag, My Rights and My Community. The girls asked questions on how to take care of their bodies, how many times they should bath as girls and also how to take care of themselves during their menstrual periods. The girls also played 2 games from be money savvy; going to the bank and Zig zag saving. The girls were very excited about learning about the bank.

“I will start saving my money in the bank”, said one of the girls

The participants were also interviewed by Muvi Television Presenter Siphiwe Mpanza who asked the girls what they learnt from the event and how they will use the knowledge they got from the event.

During the interview one of the participants said “I learnt how to take care of myself and also about the importance of saving money and going to the bank”. Another participant said that “I did not know a lot about the bank now I know, I will start going to the bank”

See pictures of the Event here.

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IWD2015: Goal Girls Make It Happen!

Liseli Manjata 9 year old. Picture by Lombe Mwambwa

Liseli Manjata 9 year old.
Picture by Lombe Mwambwa

We held our 8th Annual Women’s Sports Day on 7th March 2015 at the National Sorts Development Centre (NASDEC) with over 300 girls and women participating in sport, dance and financial literacy sessions. The theme of the celebration was ‘Gender is a Sports Agenda’ in order to highlight the importance of addressing gender issues within and through sport.

Making It Happen

This year, we hosted the Women’s Sports Day in partnership with the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ), we have done this before but for the first time the NSCZ provided the majority of the funding to implement this event, a step forward in getting activities for girls and women funded by our government. The event was organised by a working group led by the NSCZ Gender Committee and made up of NOWSPAR, Judo, Netball, Badminton, Handball, Squash, Lifeskills Foundation and Bauleni United.  

Raising the Issues  

Mbachi Nyirenda, Goal Facilitator  Pic by T. Mwale

Mbachi Nyirenda, Goal Facilitator
Pic by T. Mwale

Our Goal Leader Mbachi Nyirenda presented a speech in which she asked the Ministry to address five priorities that the Ministry of Sport should focus on including access to resources, media coverage, leadership, protection and accountability for sport resources. Mbachi has been a part of Goal for over a year. In his speech, the Deputy Minister of Sport, Hon. Chitobela M.P committed to ensuring resource allocation to sport and to addressing the issues raised by Mbachi. The Minister also participated in the various activities including Aerobics, Tug of War and Tai Chi.

Demonstrating Sport for All

DSC_0708The event included high energy activities including Aerobics and Zumba Fitness as well as low intensity activities such as Tai Chi. We also had Judo, Tug of War, Squash, Handball, Football and Netball. Some of the girls on these teams also participated in the Goal Event. The National Sports Council of Zambia Gender Committee Chairperson Ms. Matilda Mwaba (also our Executive Director) urged all sport Associations to ensure they develop their programs to include girls and women at various levels and positions. During the Goal activities, the participants played games that are based on sport and traditional games as well adapted to provide a learning experience as well as fun and physical movement. The Aerobics Mania session was run by the Divine Style Fitness to demonstrate how each one can be active individually or as a group.

Financial Literacy through Sport

Our Goal Facilitators held Financial Literacy sessions in which 186 girls between 10 and 20 years old participated. We had 5 staff from our partner Standard Chattered Bank participating in the games and also leading discussions.

Celine Nair- Country Head Legal and Company Secretary SCB Zambia

Celine Nair- Country Head Legal and Company Secretary SCB Zambia

Standard Chattered Bank Head of Country Legal and Company Secretary Celine Nair spoke at the opening ceremony highlighting the Banks commitment to invest in reaching 500,000 girls globally. The staff of SCB were also a part of the Facilitators’ Training held on 3rd to 5th March where 27 young women were in a training for Goal Facilitators. During the year, staff will volunteer at trainings, events and mentoring opportunities as part of support to NOWSPAR with our partner WomenWin.

We partnered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Regulator of Capital Markets in Zambia, to raise awareness on Capital Markets as a platform for alternative saving opportunities to banking.

Ms. Mutumboi - SEC Market Development and Surveillance

Mutumboi Mundia –  Director Market Supervision and Development SEC Zambia

Nine (9) SEC staff participated in the physical activities and play sessions with the girls and young women, playing games to present financial information. Some discussions included barriers to accessing financial institutions such as banks, the concept of shares, short term and long term saving and about SEC as a Regulatory Institution.

Speaking during the Opening Ceremony, Ms. Mutumboi Mundia, Director of Market Supervision and Development commended NOWSPAR for implementing the Goal program saying the principles of sports discipline can be applied to achieve personal financial fitness a fundamental element of economic empowerment.

All Fun and Games

20150307_114547We also had fun dancing and for children jumping on the Trampoline and Jumping Castle. This kept the children active while parents played sport. By the end of the day we had about 300 girls and women take part, these came from sport associations, sport NGOs and the defence services. We had organisations present that are part of the Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN Zambia), Kicking AIDS Out and the Girl Power Alliance.

Media Coverage 

Several media institutions where present including the national broadcaster ZNBC TV, Radio and various Newspapers. Interviews were conducted with both participants and officials at the event. We anticipate several articles and broadcasts this week and beyond. Through the Girl Power Alliance, our partner the Kilimanjaro Film Institute documented the event and will be producing a video, we look forward to sharing it with you.

Please find more pictures for this event here

Goal Event on International Day of the Girl Child

GoalPaxIDGCOver 300 adolescent girls gathered at the Olympic Youth Development Centre to participate in our Goal Event in celebration of International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October 2014. The Theme ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Breaking the Cycle of Violence’ reflects the aim of the Goal Program that has sessions covering financial literacy, prevention of violence, rights and health.

The Goal Event participants were drawn from various sports associations including Handball, Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey, Martial Arts, Boxing, Football among others.

 

 

GoalAward

During the day, various sport stakeholders visited the event including the Ministry of Sport Permanent Secretary, IOC International Development officer, President of the National Olympic Committee and Patron of the Tuelings Award.

Goal Program was recognized and awarded a trophy for the Best Program on Youth Empowerment at the Tuelings Awards held on the same day by the Olympic Youth Development Centre.

Speaking at the Ceremony, OYDC Executive Director Mr. Clement Chileshe said the Goal Program was important to meeting the needs of young people and to the fulfillment of the mission of the OYDC.

 

RadioIDGC

During the week leading up to the event several media discussions were held discussing the role of sport in girls empowerment, how Goal works and to highlight the IDGC Goal Event.

NOWSPAR staff were featured on News programs, Talk Shows, Sport Programs and Magazine programs in English, Lozi, Bemba and Tonga on National TV, national and community radio stations.

 

 

 

GoalPaxCertificatesNOWSPAR is supported by Women Win and Standard Chartered to deliver Goal and this year has reached over 1,000 adolescent girls in schools and sports clubs.

Shepolopolo: scoring football and personal goals

Women's Football Team

The Women National Football Team will be heading to Namibia this month to compete in the 9th African Women Championship taking place on 11th -25th October in Namibia. Currently in camp, the team are preparing to score goals not just in this tournament but also in their own lives.

In partnership with the Women’s Committee, NOWSPAR presents workshop sessions with the team on various topics including rights, gender inequality, protection from violence and leadership.

 

One of the players asking Fatima a question

This week,the session conducted focused on Financial Literacy and was based on the Goal Curriculum and led by our staff Fatima assisted by Chikondi and Bertha. We had 29 players and 4 members of the Technical Team.

The discussion covered the importance of financial literacy in personal development and leadership, explored how the young women acquired money and what key expenses they have, decision making and the role of money in empowerment.

 

 

SessionThe players mentioned that a major motivation for saving money is the short term and risky nature of a career in football and therefore the need for other options for earning money. Players are concerned that although they would like to play football professionally just like men, women’s football in Zambia does not enable them to earn any income. Even the basic allowances for practical expenses while they are on national duty are too little and at times not provided. They would want their team to be more valued like the men’s teams.

Having limited income increases both the need and the challenge of saving, and considering the social status that the young women hold as National Team players, the players recognise the conflicting demands and desires on how to spend the money they earn in and outside football.

 

Tech Team

 

Suggestions for topics for discussion in the next workshop include communication, conflict resolution and rights.

Read more about the African Women Championship here and follow us on Twitter @nowspar for updates on how the Team will be getting on.