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.

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.

During 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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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.

Financial Literacy Week: Goal Activities

NOWSPAR has lined up a series of three (3) Financial Literacy sessions as part of the Goal program in three places namely Kalingalinga, Garden and Makeni. The sessions are focusing on financial literacy to commemorate Financial Literacy week which is from the 13th to the 19th of March 2015. The main life skills being explored are the art of saving, challenges to saving, budgeting and ways of making money.

The first session was held on 17th March 2015 in Kalingalinga with 31 girls aged between 9 and 18 of age of the EduSport Kalingalinga Sport Club who participate in Netball and Football teams were engaged in a group discussion and question and answer style of session. The participants gave information on what they already knew on the topics outlined and most of them seem to be well informed were making money and saving was concerned.

UntitledWhen I see that my mother has no money to give me to buy new clothes for Show Time [A Youth Variety Show], I start collecting pieces of cloth from tailoring shops and make door mats which I then sell and save the money till its enough for me to get the clothes I want” said Hope, a participant.

Other examples on how the girls make money included selling guavas which grow in most back yards, plaiting hair and freezing water in plastics for sell.

The participants however were not so familiar with the art of budgeting. The NOWSPAR team conducting the session played movement games that enforces this life skill and had a discussion to reinforce information and respond to questions.

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…most of the times when I have money, I just go to the market and buy the things I see and I like but then when I get home I regret and wish that I still had my money .” Said Catherine, a 16 years old Netballer.

After all the games and discussions the girls were asked to reflect on their personal lives and see how they can improve the way they spend and the importance of saving from the little money they come across.

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