FOOTBALL COACHING COURSEThe sessions which started at 9:00am to 1:00pm daily for 5 days began with warm ups which involved dribbling, running and passing balls between player’s, and small sided life skill games, with different thematic issues affecting communities leaving in Trans Nzoia county.
Before the start the participants highlighted the issues they face in Trans-Nzoia and what they would like to learn . Some of the issues included child labor, neglect, early marriage, lack of education, alcohol and drug abuse, lack of career opportunities, negative peer pressure, and malnutrition. A major part of the week was spent playing games that focused on leadership, voice, education, identifying and creating safe spaces, and complete health and wellness.Off-field sessions were held in the school hall where the participants took notes and asked questions about the sessions that they were now able to teach.
The participants gained more confidence, voice, and leadership skills after playing the Circle of Friends, doing different skills, and also they got an opportunity to teach back what they had learned to the younger participants, and clearly deliver social impact messages.The participants declared to fight for their rights and child rights, and to protect and never abuse children. This was the bill of rights and child protection session .
Safe Spaces Tag was one of the best games talking about space spaces when home was not a safe space for everyone. Women empowerment activities were superb with girls now having a voice to ask for their rights and room in sporting activities, careers and other opportunities. Health games also worked well for both genders and participants were able to talk about their bodies during Hygiene Tag.
The participants graduated and have now joined to educate more people on football for social impact
Reproductive Health training has been for a long time been very secretive and both boys and girls do not receive correct and adequate information regarding their adolescence stage.
This training offered close and candid discussion among the participants and their trainers. Straight talk approaches was employed to help break the culture of silence among the girls and boys. The training that waa sorganized for 5 days at Makutano Secondary school was for both boys and girls.
Judging from responses from the participants there is need for both parents and teachers to strengthen their relationships with the children in order to help them during this transition period of adolescence.
We noted that most girls and boys go through the stage without guidance therefore ending up seeking help from wrong sources which eventually exposes them to dangers like pregnancy and drug addiction.
In order to achieve further positive results and sustain the information sharing, TYSA should endeavor to trainer Peer Educators to support the children through their adolescence and post adolescence stages
This the first time TYSA was organizing children voices conference. We are very delighted with the success of this inaugural event. It was held in Makutano secondary school where ovr 10 primary schools participated
The stakeholders were equally impressed “I can’t believe this is the young man who was quite, shy, timid boy, am humbled by this transformation” Head teacher Chisare Primary School.
The whole conference was planned and executed by the children themselves and they developed a timetable of content to guide them, they engaged themselves in identifying issues affecting them and the best way to present them at the conference through drama, poems, dance and documentary.
One outstanding revelation at conference was the fact that the masters of ceremony Marie and Eric were able to manage both the students and the adults including their own head teachers. They ensured that time was adhered.
The child friendly school model presentation was a timely mix as it was responsive to the many challenges that the children were facing in schools. It is our desire that this will be an annual event to strengthen children voices in matters affecting them as well as those affecting the communities.