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.

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.

 

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

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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.

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.

Please find more pictures from here

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.