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.

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Scoring Goals at City of Hope Orphanage

DSC_0965On Thursday 21st August 2015, NOWSPAR conducted a Goal  Event at City of Hope Orphanage in Lusaka’s Makeni area. The event had 73 participants of which 52 were girls and 21 were boys all aged between 10 and 20. In attendance were 4 NOWSPAR staff and 1 volunteer as well as the staff and volunteers of City of Hope Orphanage.
The aim of this event was to provide an introduction to the Goal Programme to the children and staff at City of Hope Orphanage. It is intended that this partnership between City of Hope and NOWSPAR can result in regular opportunities for the children and the staff to develop their sport and lifeskill program.

The event started with a brief introduction DSC_0946of NOWSPAR  and the Goal programme which was done by Fatima. The participants took part in warm up sessions which was then followed by fun games that were aimed at having everyone introduce themselves.  The girls and boys were then split into two groups with one of the groups playing zigzag saving and the other group playing peace path. The games were followed by life skill empowerment sessions were the participants were taught on hygiene and financial literacy.

One of the participants Luke Banda said, “it is important for girls to take part in sport because they also need to enjoy like the boys“.

One of the City of Hope volunteers Ichi said, “girls and boys were excited to receive visitors from within Zambia as they mostly receive foreign visitors“.

One of the participants Joyce said she was very happy to have participated in the event and she enjoyed playing games and she hopes NOWSPAR will come back and do more activities like this.

Goal Event in Makeni Township

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A Goal Event was held on 25th April 2015 in Makeni Township in partnership with St Anthony Catholic Church in Makeni.

The total number of participants was 134 participants between the ages of 12 – 20 years old and 18 women above the age of 25 from the surrounding community. We also had 32 boys who participated in separate ball activities under our Girl Power activities.

The event was graced by the area Councillor Mr. Champion Tembo who emphasized the need to have physical and life skills activities for young people in Makeni.

The participants played games such as my rights, hygiene tag and they also played a game called protect the bee where girls are taught on how to withstand peer pressure from their friends and how to say No and stand by their word.

The girls also played a game called silent ball from be yourself. This game helps girls to understand the value of non-verbal communication. This game doesn’t allow girls to use their voices when they play the game.
The participants also played games from be money savvy; Zig Zag savings, savings plan. The Zig zag game helps girls to understand what is meant by saving and also the importance of saving.

Featured imageDuring the discussions after the game the girls were asked on some of the ways they save money and why they save money.

When the participants were asked about the importance of saving, some girls said they save money to buy clothes and also help at home when need arises.

See more pictures from the event here.

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.

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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.