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.

 

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).

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.

SIA Launches Girls in Action Program

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Sport In Action one of Zambi’s pioneering sport for development organisations launched their ‘Girls in Action’ Program on 31st of May, 2015 at the National Sports Council of Zambia.

The project is aiming at educating and empowering girls through sports. The launch event consisted of three parts; Marching, Life skills training and friendly football and netball tournaments.

Featured imageNOWSPAR participated in this event to support SIA who are a fellow member of the International Kicking AIDS Out Network and the Sport for Social Change Network.

There were about 5-6 school girls participating the event from NOWSPAR, Four NOWSPAR girls, Ms. Esinat Chisenga and Ms. Cathrine Temba from Miracle Disable Group in George Compound and Ms. Elizabeth Gondwe and Ms. Ruth Mbewe from Handball Association and two NOWSPAR staff Ms. Aya Noguchi and Ms. Petronellah Maketo also participated in the event.

Marching was started at 9:00 hours at the Total Gas Station in Kalingalinga and we walked all the way up to National Sports Council.

After we arrived at the NASDEC, the opening ceremony was taken pFeatured imagelace. After the opening ceremony, the Girls in Action program was officially lunched. During the event, some ice breaking activities and Life-skills session focusing on Peer Pressure were taken place. Ms. Cathrine Temba actively contributed the discussion session and explained about her experience of peer pressure.Featured image

Since Ms. Cathrine Temba and Ms. Esinat Chisenga are football players in their community team, they participated in the football friendly tournament with other participants. There are about 40 players playing the football tournament. Sports in Action staff made four teams with mixed people and each team had opportunity to play four games.

The event finished around 13:00 hours. Girls enjoyed sports activities and learned important information for their life skills.

A big congratulations to Sport in Action for their work providing more opportunities for girls to be physically active. Read more about their work here.

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Goal Coaches Get Premier Skills

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NOWSPAR conducted a Sport Coaches Skills workshop on 29th of April 2015 at National Sports Council with the support of Premier Skills,  a social change program through football which is run by the British Council in partnership with the English Premier League.

This workshop was run by our Goal Facilitator Ms. Mirriam Nanyinza who has been through the Priemier Coaching Program and through NOWSPAR was awarded a grant by the British Council to contribute to trainning of her peers.

15 female participants who are also Goal facilitators participated in the workshop. Our focus on the workshop waFeatured images that participants understand how to run sports session effectively for the community. In addition to the Premier Skills teaching material, we combined with Netball coaching training and Goal Life skill facilitator training for participants.

The workshop was started off with a football session. NOWSPAR Project Assistant, Ms. Noguchi facilitated the session providing technical training to participants. The session also served to improve the Coaches understanding of the technical aspects of football. They played and learned some technical training as well as how to plan football sessions.

Featured imageParticipants were also given lectures of SMIELS and STEP in premier skills’ curriculum by NOWSPAR Sports facilitator Ms.Nanyinza after football session. SMILES (Safe, Maximum Participation, Inclusion, Learning, Enjoyment and Success) and STEP (Space, Task, Equipment, People and Speed) are considerable points for running and preparing sports session.

NOWSPAR sports skill facilitator, Ms. Phiri led Netball session focusing on technical skills and tactical methods. Participants learned some technical skills’ drills, game positioning, and Netball rules. At the end of the netball session, practical game training was also given to participants.

The second lecture was focusing on how to plan sports session in community. A session planning template was handed out for each participant and was explained how to use it step by step by Ms.Nanyinza. Participants also planed their own netball or football session during the lecture time.Featured image

As the last part of workshop, NOWSPAR Goal Master Facilitator Ms. Tembo ran life skills session with participants. For the Goal Program that uses sports for social change, it is important to understand how sports can apply in real life situations. It is required that sports coaches are able to link sports skills and life skills through sports training. They are also required to facilitate fun and safe sports sessions.

Featured imageDuring the workshop, Mr. Akim Banda from British Council visited and joined an activity briefly and to share words of support from the British Council.

The Priemier Skills Program began in 2007. Since then 2,300 coaches and referees have been trained in 25 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas from Afghanistan to Zambia.

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