October 11 2018 is the 7th annual International Day of the Girl, and NOWSPAR joins the rest of the world in taking action for girls.
The International Day of the Girl aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges that girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
NOWSPAR believes and invests in girls in and through sport. The organisation uses sport-based methodology to equip girls with sport and life-skills including financial literacy, knowledge about their rights, and development. International Day of the Girl is an opportunity for girls to celebrate their achievements, while staying informed on issues concerning their well-being, human rights, and safety.
This year, NOWSPAR will be supporting a series of community and school based activities around the country to commemorate the International Day of the Girl. Young women leaders will be supporting girls’ action at Chitukuko Primary School, Kapwelyomba Primary School, Woodlands Secondary School, in Lusaka, as well as schools in Chongwe, Kasisi, Ndola and Petauke Districts.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
Sport leaders from all the 12 Districts of Southern Province met on 23rd – 24th September to strategise on development of sport in the province and to consult on national sport policy.
The meeting was convened by the National Organisation for Women in Sport Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) in partnership with the National Sports Council of Zambia and the cooperation of the Ministry of Sport and Youth, Sport Department in Southern Province.
Speaking when receiving the recommendations of the Forum, Provincial Permanent Secretary Mr. Sibanze Simuchoba said upholding the integrity of sport is crucial and and critical to attaining good governance, which is demonstrated by transparency and accountability for resources expended.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Permanent Secretary acknowledged that the Sport Policy Forum was important for ensuring development and implementation of sport policy and service that is adequate and relevant within resources available to the government and its implementing agencies.
Participants in the Forum were representatives of the District Sport Advisory Committees, Provincial Advisory Committee, and Ministry Provincial Staff in the departments of Sport, Youth and Child Development. The Forum sessions where facilitated by NOWSPAR General Secretary Ms. Lombe Mwambwa.
The key themes that emerged from the Forum are the need for more platforms for policy monitoring which include both government officials and members of the sport community; access to information and resources and capacity development of the sector.
National Sports Council of Zambia Board Member, Ms. Matilda Mwaba highlighted the National Sports Council’s interest in addressing all facets of sport development including policy and programme delivery. For this reason the NSCZ is investing in Talent Identification and support to district level sport structures to ensure implementation of programmes. The NSCZ donated a Trophy and shields to be used as prizes during the fourth coming Independence Cup. NOWSPAR also contributed a Trophy to be allocated to the Women’s Tournament and announced intentions to expand it’s Goal Programme for adolescent girls to the Province through various partnerships.
Ten key themes were agreed on as important for inclusion in this round of Policy review by the Ministry of Sport and Youth:
- Administration: Robust Systems, standards and capacity building
- Infrastructure: Sufficient, appropriate, accessible and conducive infrastructure
- Capacity Development: Systematic development of capacity of sport structures
- Funding: Adequate and timely funding for the sports structures and programmes
- Talent Identification: Structured, comprehensive, consistent programme with adequate human resource and standards
- Equipment: Appropriate, affordable and good quality equipment
- Coordination: Well aligned, inclusive, systematic and clear coordination
- Governance and Accountability : Transparent, accountable, capable and gender inclusive sport governance
- Safeguarding and Protection: Adequate system, standards, codes of conduct, training and reporting
- Platforms for engagement: Opportunity and capacity for participatory sport policy monitoring by service consumers
The National Sports Policy (2009) is at present under review, the policy is the fundamental framework for resource allocation in the sector. It brings together the national development aims on one hand and local sporting ambitions on the other hand.
Considerations to be made during this process are that the delivery of sport services to all communities is a right and a commitment that affects the achievement of several interests of the citizens and the government including health, education, employability and diplomatic outcomes.
NOWSPAR, is engaging stakeholders through our Campaign ‘Sport for Everyone. Everywhere.’ to promote the provision of sport and physical activity to all in an effort to advance policy and programme action across sectors that results in access for all despite geographic location, class, disability, age or sex.
This campaign theme is also the theme of the Consultation in order to emphasise the spirit of inclusion, the ambition of diversity and the interest in a Sport Policy that results in service provision in sport that is fair and meets the needs of citizens throughout the Country.
The expectations of the stakeholders are that the resulting National Sports Policy will reflect the ambitions and priorities of the people while responding to the gaps, needs and opportunities.
For a long time, Sport Policy has focused on Sport competitions and infrastructure for high level competitions, one of the key considerations that should be made this time is for community level physical activity and sport participation.
NOWSPAR works to support stakeholders to ensure policy, practice and perceptions that are enabling for inclusive and equitable participation in sport for all especially girls and women. This event was delivered within the framework of NOWSPAR’s Girl Power (Women Win) and Every Body Matters (NIF) Programmes with tools and institutional capacity development in Policy Engagement and Social Accountability Mechanisms from the Zambian Governance Foundation between 2012 and 2015.
On 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 of 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.
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 was 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.
Participants 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.
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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