On Saturday, 23 September 2018, NOWSPAR held a community event celebrating the organisation’s long-running Goal programme, a sport- and life-skills programme designed to facilitate the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women.
Reaching 345 girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 24, the event served as the launch of ‘Be Independent’. Be Independent is a new component of the Goal curriculum designed to contribute to enabling young women to develop skills to access income generating opportunities.
Dorcas Kashinda is one of participants who has developed to be a Goal Champion. She gave a speech at the launch event in which she thanked NOWSPAR, Standard Chartered Bank and everybody who showed continuous support of the girl child, for the opportunities Goal has created to empower girls.
“I stand here today as a living testimony of the impact that Goal has on girls’ lives.” Dorcas stated. “Through Goal, I have learned to be a confident girl and take up challenges I would otherwise never have thought of. Goal has enabled me and thousands of young girls to make informed decisions about our futures.”
The participants were also excited to have been a part of the event, expressing happiness and excitement about having learned about their power as young women. “The experience was great!” said 22 year-old Sharon Phiri. “I’ve learned a lot, especially about communication. Whenever you want to achieve something, it’s important to communicate your needs so that everybody can work together.”
Other young women were grateful to have been able to spend a day away from their every day community activities to spend time to think about and plan for their futures. Pauline Lungu, 15, said, “Being here means I’m not in the compound, where I would’ve have likely gotten into trouble. I’ve left a bad place to come to a good place.”
Pauline also added that she felt she’d taken a lot of useful content from the Goal lessons. “I’ll follow everything that I was taught at this event,” she said. “I’ve learned about cleanliness and teamwork. I’ve made some good friends, and I now know how to deal with different people.”
Officiating at the event were Ms. Grace Soko, a representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and Guest of Honour Mr. Simon Kapilima, Zambia’s Ministry of Gender’s Assistant Director. Additionally, the girls’ and young women and NOWSPAR also received full support from partners, Standard Chartered Bank and Women Win, as well as representatives from the organisation’s own Board of Trustees.
Throughout the day, the girls participated in various sports-based life-skills sessions–sessions that have been successfully running in schools around the country since the program’s inception in 2014, handled by trained Facilitators from NOWSPAR that focused on Goal’s four core modules: Communication, Health and Hygiene, Rights, and Financial Literacy. Furthermore, the girls had the option of participating in either a Football or a Netball match, as the event’s main sporting activity. By day’s end, the event saw many satisfied and happy girls, armed with brand new, valuable, and life-changing knowledge and experiences.
NOWSPAR would like to thank our partners, the schools, and everyone that contributed to ensuring the success of the Community Event. The organisation continues to work on facilitating opportunities to reach and empower even more girls in communities throughout the country.
We had a great time with over 170 girls and young women at a sports day in Nyawa Village in Kazungula District of Southern Province. Together with Response Network, a community facilitation organisation, our Goal Leaders ran sport based awareness sessions with participants aged from 10 – 22 years old. The event focused on play and some sports activities within the framework of Goal Programme. The girls played games used to facilitate discussions on health, hygiene, and financial literacy.
Some discussions included reflections on day to day life that make up the local culture and how this makes it possible or not for girls to participate in sport. The girls had fun and learnt some new information and fun games. It was equally a great experience for the organisations and the facilitators to work with the girls and communities in Nyawa, which is different from the urban communities we often work in.
An important issue that was made apparent to us was that there are few sports programmes and activities available in many areas of Kazungula. For example, most the girls had to walk distances of about 10km from the neighbouring villages to reach Nyawa Village Football Field where the event was hosted.
One of the participants said they “look forward to such programs being introduced in other villages because it’s of great importance that young girls see the value of education and how sport can be used to learn”.
Organisations such as Response Network focus on supporting local residents in the villages to learn to run sport activities and clubs so they can have activities locally. Having sports events and facilities within a short distance of residences is important as it then makes it easier to fit play and sport into the day to day activities of girls as well as minimise safety concerns.
NOWSPAR continues to cooperate with Response Network through programmes including the Youth Sport Exchange Programme as well as mutual sharing on practices in sport for development in Zambia.
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.
It 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.
Our 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).